Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger called on the Obama administration Wednesday to intervene immediately in California's water crisis, saying environmental restrictions that have slashed water deliveries to farms and cities were having "catastrophic impacts."
The Republican governor sent a letter demanding a federal response to the state's prior requests to hold talks about reduced supplies from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, the delicate ecosystem that serves as the main conduit moving water from north to south.
A three-year drought is to blame for the bulk of the state's current water shortages, and it has caused cities to ration their supplies and farmers to fallow a quarter-million acres.
The environmental restrictions, which were designed to protect the estuary's struggling fish populations, also have limited the amount of water pumped to Southern California residents and farmers.