Readout of the President’s Call to Governor Brown
Obama called Governor Jerry Brown yesterday to receive an update on the
situation in California and express his concern for the citizens impacted by
the historic drought conditions facing the state – conditions that are likely to
have significant impacts on the state’s communities, economy and environment in
the coming months.
The President reinforced his
commitment to providing the necessary federal support to the state and local
The agencies are working together to
target resources to help California and other impacted states prepare for and
lessen the impacts of the drought.
USDA is also working with farmers and
ranchers to increase their irrigation water efficiency, protect vulnerable
soils from erosion, and improve the health of pasture and range lands.
And the Bureau of Reclamation is
working closely with federal and California state authorities to facilitate
water transfers and provide operational flexibility to convey and store
available water, and facilitate additional actions that can conserve and move
water to critical areas.
The National Drought Resilience
Partnership (NDRP) will help coordinate the federal response, working closely
with state, local government, agriculture and other partners. The NDRP is already
helping to enhance existing efforts that federal agencies are working on with
communities, businesses, farmers and ranchers to build resilience where drought
is currently an issue across the country.
The President made clear that our federal partners,
including FEMA, will continue to work with California to support the state and
local response, and expressed his support during this challenging time.
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