Derek Moore, THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
Gov. Jerry Brown’s declaration Friday of a drought emergency in California does not immediately trigger new restrictions on water use on the North Coast, where officials already have begun asking people to voluntarily cut back their use.
Brown, speaking in San Francisco Friday, said California is in perhaps its worst drought since record-keeping began a century ago.
His proclamation states that drought and water shortage are creating “conditions of extreme peril to the safety of persons and property” in the state. The governor asked Californians to reduce their water usage voluntarily by 20 percent.