Commentary: Governor Brown’s never-ending drought emergency
It is also time that Governor Brown’s appointed agencies stop playing games and begin the construction of new storage as Californians passed a water bond in 2014.
Question: When is California’s drought emergency over?
Answer: When Gov. Jerry Brown says it’s over.
In January 2014, acting after two successive dry years, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. declared a State of Emergency for the entire state of California. He cited the extreme and prolonged drought.
Seven executive orders followed from April 2014 to May and California remains to the present day in a state of what amounts to marshal law with respect to its water supply. www.water.ca.gov/waterconditions/docs/California_Signficant_Droughts_2015_small.pdf
Gov. Brown’s executive order was only the second time in California history that such a statewide declaration of emergency has been ever issued. Ironically, the governor also declared the first statewide emergency during the 1976-1977 drought.
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