By Paul Singarella, Lucas Quass and John Morris

On Wednesday April 1, 2015, in the wake of the state’s four-year drought and a winter that brought record-low snowfalls, Governor Brown issued an executive order mandating statewide water use restrictions for the first time in California’s history (the “Executive Order”).  The Executive Order follows on the heels of state legislation signed by the Governor on March 27, which appropriated approximately $1 billion for water projects including emergency drought relief.