The US state of California is experiencing its worst drought in one hundred years, according to the state's governor.
After weeks of public and political pressure, California Governor Jerry Brown officially declared a state drought emergency.
The move clears the way for California to seek federal aid and increase conservation efforts aimed at easing the water crisis.
California's agricultural industry is worth more than $40bn and produces a large percentage of the fresh fruits and vegetables consumed by Americans.
Al Jazeera's Stephanie Stanton reports from Santa Barbara.