Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger Wednesday issued an executive order proclaiming a statewide drought.

“For the areas in Northern California that supply most of our water, this March, April, and May have been the driest ever in our recorded history,” the governor said in a statement. “As a result, some local governments are rationing water, developments can’t proceed, and agricultural fields are sitting idle. We must recognize the severity of the crisis we face, so I am signing an executive order proclaiming a statewide drought and directing my Department of Water Resources and other entities to take immediate action to address the situation.”

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