Plans for $200 million in drought relief released

Sep 23, 2014 7:43 PM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - State water officials are sharing plans for spending $200 million under emergency drought legislation passed earlier this year.

The draft recommendations released Tuesday detail how part of the $687 million emergency relief plan would be spent. It expedites water projects across California, from the city of Mt. Shasta to San Diego.

The state Department of Water Resources will make final decisions Oct. 31.

Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation authorizing the relief package in March, six weeks after he declared a drought emergency. Another $100 million has been tapped for relief that includes food and rental assistance for thousands of displaced Central Valley farm workers. It has also paid for flood-control projects and groundwater monitoring.

Another $250 million will be available for regional water projects next spring under the relief package.

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(Photo Courtesy: California Department of Water Resources)


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