Politics

Governors team up to tackle drought crisis

File: California Gov. Jerry Brown speaks during an portrait unveiling ceremony in the Rotunda of the State Capitol on September 8, 2014 in Sacramento, California. At a meeting Thursday in Sacramento, California Gov. Jerry Brown says drought is at the top of the list of challenges facing the state.
File: California Gov. Jerry Brown speaks during an portrait unveiling ceremony in the Rotunda of the State Capitol on September 8, 2014 in Sacramento, California. At a meeting Thursday in Sacramento, California Gov. Jerry Brown says drought is at the top of the list of challenges facing the state.
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The governors of California and Nevada are working together to figure out how to cope with the crippling drought affecting the western United States.

At a meeting Thursday in Sacramento, California Gov. Jerry Brown says drought is at the top of the list of challenges facing the state. He says it exemplifies what leaders must do to ensure their states' prosperity.

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval initiated a series of meetings this year aimed at coming up with the best ways for governments to address drought. He is the current chairman of the Western Governors' Association.

This week's meeting is focused on how to manage drought's effect on agriculture.

California voters last week approved a $7.5 billion water bond measure to expand storage and manage the state's water.