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California Gov. Brown Meets With Water Leaders Amid Drought

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"Make no mistake, this is a megadrought. It's serious. We don't know how long it will go on, but we have to take real precautions going forward."

Outside a speaking engagement in Beverly Hills on Thursday morning, California Governor Jerry Brown talked about the growing drought crisis and a conversation he had with President Obama about getting federal assistance.

"The president called me today. He offered to do whatever he can do. Obviously, he can't make it rain, but there are some parts of California that are more privileged - from the point of view of water availability than others. So, we have systems - we can transfer it, but there are a lot of water rights, a lot of rules, so we got to cut through that and make sure that those who need it most, get the water to the extent that we have it available."

The White House put out a press release on the phone call to Governor Brown from President Obama, in which the president "reinforced his committment to providing the necessary federal support to the state and local efforts."

Although the governor did not discuss the logistical details about the water transfers, he agreed, there's a sense of urgency to get it done.

"I'm meeting with some water officials tomorrow, I'll be going to Sacramento meeting with officials there, so as quickly as we can we will make it happen."

California is in its third dry year and 17 communities are in danger of running out of water within four months. Earlier this month, Brown declared a drought emergency, paving the way for federal assistance.

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