Calif. Declares Emergency Amid Record-Breaking Drought

Law360, New York (January 17, 2014, 5:30 PM EST) -- Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in California Friday, calling for locals to conserve water in “every way possible” as a record-breaking drought continues to shrivel up farmland and threatens to cause drinking-water shortages and wildfires.

The declaration directs state agencies to use less water, hire more firefighters, prepare for a drinking-water shortage and expand its water conservation public awareness campaign. State officials were also directed to help farmers and communities that are being economically impacted by the drought.

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