Gov. Arnold Shwarzenegger has declared a state of emergency in California due to the past three years of drought and the likely fourth year to come. A good reminder that even though it has been raining for what seems like everyday this month that we still need a lot more water.
The governor signed the proclamation Friday. Among other steps, it directs state agencies to provide assistance for affected communities and businesses.
The move encourages urban water agencies to reduce water use by 20 percent and says mandatory conservation is an option if other measures are insufficient.
Schwarzenegger called the drought a crisis as severe as an earthquake or wildfire.
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