SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — With another dry winter looming, California lawmakers are calling on Gov. Jerry Brown and President Barack Obama to declare a drought emergency and federal disaster in the state. In a letter sent Monday, Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Democratic Rep. Jim Costa urged the governor to take immediate action.
The lawmakers cited the California Department of Water Resources' announcement of low water deliveries for Central Valley agriculture due to low rainfall projections. While a drought has not been declared, a dry 2014 would be the third straight year with subpar rainfall. Most of the state's water comes from the Sierra snowpack, so in dry years water managers dramatically cut deliveries due to environmental concerns. The governor did not immediately respond to a request for comment.