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Governor Brown has officially declared a drought in California, setting in motion a series of measures around the state.

For California, 2013 was the driest year since the state started measuring rainfall in 1849, before it was a state, according to the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, or UCAR, a consortium of 75 schools. The Sierra snow pack, where the state gets about a third of its water, was 84 percent below average as of Jan. 10.


This week The California Catholic Conference has added prayers from Catholic Relief Services (CRS) which deals with drought in less developed countries around the world.

Read Send Your Living Waters and Walk With Me: A 21-Day Prayer Journey Around the World, a CRS prayer and education brochure that includes a drought relief prayer for conditions in East Africa that can easily be adapted for local use.