Assemblyman Frank Bigelow sent a letter to Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday that urged, in the face of California’s driest year in history, an emergency drought declaration be issued as soon as possible.
Bigelow (R-O’Neals) joins several other politicians who have requested the declaration, including Rep. Jim Costa (D-Fresno) and U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.).
In the letter, Bigelow — vice chairman of the Assembly Water, Parks, and Wildlife Committee — describes the grim scenario facing the state and his constituents should record-dry conditions continue through early 2014.
“In my district in the Sierra foothills,” Bigelow wrote, “the current drought conditions are already having a considerable impact on people’s lives and our economy. Some residential and business customers are under mandatory orders to conserve their water use. Farmers in my region are already facing severe water shortages, which could affect their ability to grow the crops that feed the world.” ...