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OPR Announces Local Government Drought Toolkit

March 14, 2014
The article was originally published on March 11 by the Association of California Water Agencies.
The Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) has created a new toolkit for local governments that provides guidance for coordinating on drought response and meeting the governor’s call for a 20 percent reduction in water use.
The document contains a list of regional contacts for the Office of Emergency Services, State Water Board and other water-related state agencies; templates for a proclamation declaring a local drought emergency or a resolution calling for voluntary water conservation; web links to drought information and resources for local governments; and water-related curricula for grades K-12.
The tools were designed with city and counties in mind, and are appropriate for use by water districts, officials said.
Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration is encouraging local governments to enact water use reduction plans at their facilities, share well data, pursue emergency drinking water grants if necessary, and update local ordinances to encourage water conservation.
OPR has launched a Local Drought Clearinghouse to ensure local governments can quickly access the toolkit and other resources. For more information, contact Debbie Davis, local drought liaison, at (916) 327-0068.

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