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1/20/2014 (2 years ago)

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With scorching temperatures, Governor Jerry Brown declares drought emergency

With scorching temperatures felt mostly in Los Angeles, the state of California is en route to recording the driest January ever recorded. California Governor Jerry Brown officially declared a drought emergency across the state. The declaration comes amidst increased water rates and water conservation restrictions for Los Angeles residents.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture designated portions of 11 drought-ridden western and central states last week as primary disaster areas.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture designated portions of 11 drought-ridden western and central states last week as primary disaster areas.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

1/20/2014 (2 years ago)

Published in U.S.

Keywords: Governor Jerry Brown, California, drought, disaster area, federal aid


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - There had been intensifying calls among lawmakers to take action as the state's water reservoir levels remain strained -- with no foreseeable rain in the near future.

It's one of the driest winters on record across the state, following two dry years that already have left many reservoirs depleted. The state is facing "perhaps the worst drought that California has ever seen" since records began, Brown said last week.

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"I've called for a collaborative effort to restrain our water use," Brown said. "This is a call to arms. This is not a partisan adversary, this is Mother Nature."

The announcement will now enable California to request a broad emergency declaration from President Barack Obama. The federal declaration would expedite some water transfers, provide financial assistance and suspend some state and federal regulations. It also allows Brown to call for involvement from the National Guard.

"If some communities run out of water, we could task the National Guard to deliver it," Mark Ghilarducci, the state's emergency services director said.

The governor referred to charts at the news conference that showed statewide average precipitation by year dating back to 1970. A satellite image of California in January 2013 and January 2014 side by side revealed the state's dwindling snowpack.

The administration is considering a mandatory conservation order, Brown said. "I think the drought emphasizes that we do live in an era of limits, that nature has its boundaries," Brown said.

The U.S. Drought Monitor has reported extreme drought conditions in central and northern California, and there has been little snowfall so far this winter. Rainfall in most of the state is less than 20 percent of normal with reservoirs dwindling. Forecasts suggest the dry spell could continue, exacerbating the already heightened fire danger.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture designated portions of 11 drought-ridden western and central states last week as primary disaster areas. That means eligible farmers can qualify for low-interest emergency loans from the department.

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Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for April 2016
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Small Farmers: That small farmers may receive a just reward for their precious labor.
Evangelization: African Christians: That Christians in Africa may give witness to love and faith in Jesus Christ amid political-religious conflicts.



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