“California Governor Jerry Brown on Saturday signed into law a $687 million drought-relief package to deal with a water shortage he has called the worst in the state’s modern history.
“This legislation marks a crucial step – but Californians must continue to take every action possible to conserve water,” Brown, a Democrat, said in a statement.
The largest share of the drought relief package – $549 million – comes from accelerated spending of bond money voters previously approved in two ballot propositions.
Those measures will fund storm water recapturing, expanded use of recycled water, better management of groundwater storage and stronger water conservation measures.
The legislation also has a program to deal with contaminants that become more concentrated in groundwater when less water is available to dilute them.
In addition, the legislation appropriates $25.3 million in food assistance and $21 million in housing assistance to people affected by the drought, such as farm workers who have lost employment in bone-dry agricultural fields.”
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