Amid one of California's driest years on record, the Assembly and Senate voted Thursday to approve SB103 and SB104 and send the legislation to Gov. Jerry Brown.
The plan redirects money in the state budget and draws from two previously approved bonds.
The legislation will take effect immediately if signed by the governor, as expected.
By: Katie Orr -- It appears California lawmakers will vote Thursday on emergency legislation that would allocate hundreds of millions of dollars for drought relief.
The emergency legislation would allocate more than $687 million for projects that would capture, store and recycle water. It would also fund emergency drinking water supplies for some communities.
Right now, at least 10 communities in California are in danger of running out of water. Much of the money would come from unallocated water infrastructure bonds.
The drought relief package was announced last week by Governor Jerry Brown and legislative leaders. Once the legislation passes and the governor signs it, money designated for food and drinking water assistance will start flowing immediately.
Take a look at what communities across the state are doing to address the drought. This map was produced by the Association of California Water Agencies:
California lawmakers heard testimony about the dire state of the fishing industry on the West Coast.
There was a slight reduction in the percentage of drought in California over the past week. But the U.S. Drought Monitor says it will take time to ease the state's historic four-year drought.
A new study says California's four-year drought has reduced hydroelectricity generation, resulting in higher electricity costs to ratepayers and increased greenhouse gas pollution.
Legislation introduced in the California state Assembly would create the Lower American River Conservancy to improve, protect, preserve and possibly expand the 5,000-acre American River Parkway.
January brought above-average rainfall and snow to much of California, partly due to El Niño. But forecasters say the ocean warming condition is "taking a break" for the next week or longer.