Infrastructure & Environment

California's Drought Relief Package Signed into Law

March 3, 2014

Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Saturday to free up the state's water supplies and aid residents who face hardship because of the drought, according to a release from his office.

More than $687 million will go to drought relief, money that will fund housing and food for workers directly affected by the drought and projects aimed at more efficiently capturing water, the release said.

“Legislators across the aisle have now voted to help hard-pressed communities that face water shortages,” Brown said in a statement. “This legislation marks a crucial step – but Californians must continue to take every action possible to conserve water.”

The two bills Brown signed passed with wide margins in the Senate and Assembly.

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