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UC Professors Gather to Discuss the Drought

 
Posted April 25th, 2014 @ 6:05pm by KFBK News - Mike Simpson

University of California professors from across the state have gathered at the Capitol on this rainy day -- for a drought summit.

More than 300 people packed a two-story auditorium with one goal. 

"See where we are and where we need to go," UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi said. 

Katehi is among those looking for answers on how best to get through a very dry summer. One big issue is water rights.

"Because there's not going to be enough for everybody and all the uses this year, that's for sure," Davis Professor Jay Lund said. 

There have been calls recently to better organize the state's water districts. There's reportedly no clear consensus on just how many there are, estimates point to 3,000.

The latest figures now show 100 percent of the state is under some level of drought -- the first time that's happened in 15 years.

Governor Brown has issued an executive order to redouble the actions the state has taken in light of the drought.

The administration says available water transfers for farmers will be expedited, there will be more monitoring of the impacts on salmon in the Sacramento River, and equipment purchases will be streamlined for Cal Fire.

The governor is also asking Californians to limit car washing and lawn watering. Homeowner's Association fines are being suspended to allow the browning of grass.

Current electronic readings show the snowpack's statewide water content at just 16 percent of average.

 

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