FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - President Obama arrived in Fresno Friday to offer millions of dollars in federal aid for drought-stricken California.
He toured a Los Banos farm and met with elected state lawmakers and water officials.
California is in the midst of its worst drought in more than 100 years. Obama announced more than $160 million in federal financial aid, including $100 million in the farm bill he signed into law last week for programs that cover the loss of livestock.
He discussed global warming as part of the problem and said things will only get worse unless steps were taken to combat climate change.
What happens in California matters to "every working American," Obama said, and urged the West to rethink how it manages waters for "decades to come."
"We are prepared to cooperate with local, state officials" not just in California, throughout the West, Obama said, adding "this is something I'm very committed to. We're going to make sure to get it done."
The president also called on federal facilities in California to immediately limit water consumption.
In a tour of the drought-striken Central Valley Friday, President Obama announced more than $160 million in federal financial aid to California, most of it to farmers, and called on federal facilities in the state to immediately limit consumption.