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Schwarzenegger declares Calif. drought emergency
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has declared a state
of emergency after three years of below-average rain and snowfall
The move encourages urban water agencies to reduce water use by 20
percent and says mandatory conservation is an option if those and
other measures are insufficient.
Schwarzenegger called the state's drought a crisis as severe as an
earthquake or wildfire.
The drought has forced farmers to fallow their fields, put
thousands of agricultural workers out of work and prompted
conservation measures in cities throughout the state.
He signed the proclamation Friday. Among other steps, it directs
state agencies to provide assistance for affected communities and
Thursday May 07, 2009 09:14 AM Pacific
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