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California Drought Impacts Napa Valley Vineyards

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    Napa Valley vineyards are feeling the impact of the California drought in a major way. Jodi Hernandez reports. (Published Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014)

    David Troppy's Napa vineyards are feeling the effect of the drought in a big way. He relies on rainwater that collects in the vineyard's pond to keep his vines happy.

    But with no rain, the pond is nearly bone dry.

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    "The vineyard's dry and our resources to feed the vineyard are non-existent," he said. "When these vines wake up in a few weeks and look for water they're not going to find it."

    A U.S. Department of Agriculture undersecretary toured the Giovannoni Vineyard last week. She told NBC Today she's working to bring help to drought-strapped California.

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    The dry conditions have Gov. Jerry Brown scrambling for solutions. He met with water experts in Southern California Thursday to talk about ways they can help the rest of the state. The governor said he got even got a call from President Barack Obama this week.

    "We talked about the seriousness of the drought and we asked the president for help," Brown said. "And I believe he was receptive and we're going to receive some assistance from Washington."

    Troppy said he's grateful the nation's leaders are listening. In the meantime, he keeps hoping for rain.

    "Where are the clouds? It's January. Where are the clouds?"