Jerry Brown Declares A Drought Emergency In California

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California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency on Friday, amid growing concerns about future water supplies for residents and for farmers. Brown called for a 20 percent voluntary reduction in water use and eased water transfer rights between farmers. However, mandatory measures will still be left to local communities to impose, for now.

Correction Feb. 4, 2014

In this story, we misidentify the organization for which attorney Kate Poole works. It is the Natural Resources Defense Council, not the National Resource Defense Council.

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