May 14, 2015 2:59 PM by News Staff, Photo: CDWR
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California Gov. Jerry Brown is proposing spending an additional $2.2 billion for programs he says will help the state deal with its punishing drought by conserving water, responding to emergency conditions and expanding local water supplies.
Most of the funding would come from Brown's $7.5 billion water bond measure that voters approved last fall. He's proposing sending some of that money to local agencies that are trying to clean up contaminated underground wells and creating reusable wastewater and sewage.
Another $175 million would help cities and farms conserve water and energy. That is partly funded by fees collected from greenhouse gas polluters.
The budget also boosts spending by $62 million to help fight wildfires and offers $13.5 million for farmworkers who are losing income and jobs as fields go fallow.
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