California Drought

Apr 13, 2015

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Fri. 04/17 11a: California is in their third year of a drought that has cost the state billions in agriculture revenue and thousands of jobs. On April 1, California Governor Jerry Brown, speaking from a dry patch of dead grass, issued an executive order to implement mandatory water restrictions across the state. Communities are now required to reduce water usage by 25 percent, although some cities and towns will have to cut current usage more than others. How has the drought affected California tribes? Are tribes required to enforce the mandatory reduction in water use? What steps can tribes take, both in California and other western states, to adjust to drought conditions?