California Lead Emergency Manager, Chair of the Governor's Drought Task Force to Speak at ACWA Drought Briefing

Sacramento, California - On Friday, February 14, 2014, the Director of the Governor's Office of Emergency Services, Mark Ghilarducci, will join other lead Drought Task Force leaders Secretary John Laird, California Natural Resources Agency and Chairperson Felicia Marcus, State Water Resources Control Board at the "ACWA 2014 Drought Briefing - Impacts and Actions:

What You Need to Know." This briefing, sponsored by the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA), California Department of Water Resources, California State Association of Counties (CSAC), League of California Cities, California Farm Water Coalition, California Farm Bureau Federation and others will be held at the Crest Theatre.

Whether it's the lowest Sierra snowpack on record or the historic announcement of zero allocation from the State Water Project, it's clear that California is in a serious drought. Local, state and federal agencies are mobilizing to address the challenge and experts agree it is an unprecedented challenge. What will these extraordinary conditions and exceptional response measures mean for California in 2014 and beyond? How will impacts of the drought reverberate across the state this summer?

Among the topics that will be covered include: Overview of California's Drought Conditions, A Look at Local Impacts around the State, Managing the drought Crisis on the Ground, The Ripple Effect and Reaching the California Consumer.

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