(Governor Declares Drought State of Emergency)…The Declaration was made Friday morning.
Governor Brown said they could not make it rain, but they could be much better prepared for the terrible consequences that California’s drought now threatens. He said that includes dramatically less water for farms and communities and increased fires in both urban and rural areas. State officials have been directed to assist farmers and communities that are economically impacted by dry conditions and to ensure the state can respond if Californians face a drinking water shortage. Brown said he was calling on all Californians to conserve water any way possible. Locally, Imperial Irrigation District General Manager Kevin Kelley said he was not sure how the declaration concerns the declaration. He said the IID has a separate water delivery system, with supplies coming from the Colorado River. He said with the Quantification Settlement agreement in place, along with a decades long conservation program, the IID may be pretty much isolated from the declaration. He said Imperial Valley water rights are very secure, and there should not be a concern, unless levels along the Colorado River and Lake Mead and Hoover Dam continue to drop. That concern is being addressed by Colorado River water user states.