SACRAMENTO, Calif. -

Gov. Jerry Brown and the top Democratic lawmakers are proposing a plan to spend $687 million to help drought-stricken communities throughout California. At least $15 million would be earmarked for areas that may run out of clean drinking water.

The governor announced the plan during a news conference Wednesday in Sacramento Brown descibed is as a "call to action" for lawmakers and residents.

He blamed mother nature for one of the driest periods on record.

Most of the money would come from bonds approved by voters.

It would go toward water conservation and recycling effort to capture storm water and recharge groundwater. The general fund would also be tapped to help feed people out of work because of the drought.

The proposal now goes to lawmakers for consideration. 

Critics are concerned it does not address long-term improvements to California's water supply and distribution system.