SACRAMENTO -- President
Brown declared a drought in the state last week, and the president “reinforced his commitment to providing the necessary federal support to the state and local efforts,” according to a statement from the
The drought will be on Brown's agenda Thursday as he meets with "more than a dozen water leaders from across southern California" at Metropolitan Water District headquarters, according to a statement from his office.
Brown has urged Californians to reduce their water use by 20%, and has said he may make water reductions mandatory if the dry spell persists.
Lawmakers are currently haggling over a proposed $11-billion bond on the November 2014 ballot that would provide more money for water storage, clean drinking water and other related projects.