Jan 16, 2014 1:50 PM
California Assemblyman and majority Whip Dan Logue is pleading Gov. Jerry Brown to make good on the administration’s promise to issue a state-wide drought declaration.
2013 was the driest year on record since precipitation was first recorded 160 years ago. In light of this, Logue believes it is imperative the state government takes immediate action.
“Our economy is reliant on an adequate and healthy water supply, and our constituents depend on clean, available water,” Logue wrote in a letter addressed to the Governor’s office. “As representatives of the North State we urge you to issue a drought declaration for this year. Additionally we ask that you work with us in the legislature to find long-term solutions to ensure proper allocation and usage of water throughout the state.”
Gov. Brown told reporters at a Fresno City Hall press conference Monday his administration plans on making the drought declaration soon to help maximize water resources throughout California, according to CBS San Francisco.
Logue, an Assemblyman from the North State, says thousands of acres of farmland are vulnerable and the lifeblood of the region’s agricultural industry, particularly in Logue’s 3rd District, is greatly threatened by the dry conditions this winter.
In addition to Logue’s letter, the Assemblymen has also proposed a $5.8 billion water bond for the November 2014 ballot, a counter to the $11.14 billion bond currently scheduled to be on this fall’s ballot.