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Schwarzenegger to Declare State of Emergency Over Water Drought

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Lake Piru in Ventura County | Photo by tomsaint11 via Flickr
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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: