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Governor Declares Drought State of Emergency; Northridge Quake 20-Year Anniversary

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From Mission Viejo Patch:

Gov. Jerry Brown declared a drought state of emergency Friday morning amid one of California's driest winters on record.

"We are in a unprecedented, very serious situation, and people should pause and reflect on how dependent we are on the rain, on nature and one another," he told a room full of reporters in San Francisco.

Brown called for a collaborative effort to restrain water use, urging Californians to conserve in every way possible.

"I'm also setting in motion easier water transfers so a farmer who really needs water — who's willing to pay for it — can get it from another farmer who doesn't necessarily need it," he said.

Read the full story on Mission Viejo Patch.

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Ellen Zunino January 18, 2014 at 12:57 PM
There's a reason that older homes don't have a gazillion dollars worth of lush, green, water-hungry landscaping. First, the declaration of a drought, then the "water hours" and, once again, we "old timers" will get to watch our neighbors' lawns and out-of-place tropical landscaping turn brown and die. I can't wait to hear the newbies whine about all the wildlife moving in and occupying the oasis they've created around their homes. When there's no food or water for them in the hills, they'll make our yards their home.
Nimby pimp January 18, 2014 at 03:49 PM
Between 40 and 70 percent of the water delivered by LA's Department of Water and Power is spent irrigating lawns. This is an absurd waste. Time to legislate for dry scraping, drought tolerant gardens.

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