Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This


Schwarzenegger to Declare State of Emergency Over Water Drought

Lake Piru in Ventura County | Photo by tomsaint11 via Flickr
LAist relies on your reader support.
Your tax-deductible gift today powers our reporters and keeps us independent. We rely on you, our reader, not paywalls to stay funded because we believe important news and information should be freely accessible to all.

If today's record breaking unemployment rate was not bad enough, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's office announced that he will be declaring a state of emergency over the water drought later this afternoon. Last June, he declared a statewide drought but did not call it an emergency until today.

"The order will direct state agencies to provide assistance for affected communities and businesses," the Associated Press reported. California has experienced three very dry winters leaving reservoirs the driest they've been since 1992.

Yesterday, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack created a Federal Drought Action Team that will be working with California. Press release from the feds is below: