Calif. Gov. Brown Ready to Redistribute Water to Relieve Drought

Thursday, 30 Jan 2014 03:59 PM

By Courtney Coren

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California Gov. Jerry Brown said that he is prepared to move water from the southern part of the state to drier areas to the north as the drought worsens.

"There are some parts of California that are more privileged from the point of view of water availability than others," Brown told KCAL9, a CBS affiliate in Los Angeles. 

"We can transfer it. But there are a lot of water rights, a lot of rules, so we've got to cut through that and make sure that those who need it most get the water to the extent we have it available."

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Seventeen California communities are in danger of running out of water in the next 60 to 100 days. 

"Make no mistake, this is a mega-drought," the California Democrat said. "It's serious. We don't know how long it will go on, but we have to take real precautions going forward."

Brown said that President Barack Obama called on Wednesday and "offered to do whatever he can do."

The Obama administration put out a statement about the drought saying that in his conversation with Brown, the president "reinforced his commitment to providing the necessary federal support to the state and local efforts."

Brown was meeting with water officials Thursday to discuss the logistics of transferring water.

"So as quickly as we can we will make it happen," the California governor added.

Brown declared drought emergency in the Golden Gate state earlier this month.

House Speaker John Boehner, who visited the state last week to tour some of the devastated areas, said Congress is working on an emergency drought-relief bill that he is ready to support.


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