MEDIA ADVISORY: Federal Agencies and State of California Schedule Media Briefing for Wednesday, February 5, on Coordinated Drought Response

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For Release: February 05, 2014

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Led by Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Michael L. Connor and California Department of Water Resources Director Mark Cowin, federal and state partners, including representatives of the Departments of the Interior, Agriculture and Commerce, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the State of California, will hold a media briefing on February 5 in Sacramento on their coordinated response to the drought.

With California in its worst drought in the state’s 160 years of record keeping, and following Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.’s declaration of a Drought State of Emergency on January 17, agency representatives will discuss their collaborative and expedited response to minimize the social, economic and environmental impacts of the drought crisis.

Michael Connor, Commissioner, Reclamation
Mark Cowin, Director, Department of Water Resources
David Murillo, Mid-Pacific Regional Director, Reclamation
Ren Lohoefener, Pacific Southwest Regional Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Maria Rea, Assistant Regional Administrator, National Marine Fisheries Service
Carlos Suarez, State Conservationist, Natural Resources Conservation Service
Veva Deheza, Regional Drought Information Coordinator, National Integrated Drought Information System

WHAT: Media briefing to discuss the coordinated federal and state response to severe drought conditions.

WHEN: Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. The media should arrive no later than 10:15 a.m.

WHERE: Federal Building, 2800 Cottage Way, Cafeteria Conference Rooms, Sacramento, CA 95825

CALL-IN PARTICIPATION: To participate via conference line, please call in no later than 10:25 a.m.
Call: 1-888-390-3407, Participant passcode: DROUGHT

MEDIA: Briefing is open to all members of the media. Please bring identification and credentials.

BRIEFING MATERIALS: Briefing materials will be available immediately prior to the 10:30 a.m. media event at; please click on the link “Drought Media Briefing Materials.”

INFORMATION: Louis Moore, Acting Public Affairs Officer, Reclamation Mid-Pacific Region,, 916-978-5100

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