Should Gov. Brown Declare a Statewide Drought?

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 (Molly Samuel/KQED)

Last year was the driest year on record in California -- and not much rainfall is expected in the near future. Leading lawmakers and farmers in the San Joaquin Valley are calling on Governor Jerry Brown to officially declare a drought, which would trigger conservation measures. We discuss the implications of drought conditions and what should be done.


Chris Brown, director of the California Urban Water Conservation Council

Jeff Mount, professor emeritus of geology, director of the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences

Karen Ross, secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture

Shaun Lornce, general manager of the San Juan Water District