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:
A new study shows fire-fighting foam containing highly fluorinated chemicals is contaminating drinking water supplies around many of the nation's military bases, airports and industrial sites.
It has been a busy fire season across California. But there are fewer fires in the state’s 18 U.S. national forests so far this year, compared to 2015.
Update 8:00 p.m. Sunday: Crews are making "good progress" on the Cold Fire in Yolo County, now at 60% containment. In Monterey County, the Soberanes Fire remains at 45% containment with wind creating an additional challenge for firefighters.
The Soberanes Fire near Big Sur is burning in a rugged area that hasn't "seen fire in decades." The wildfire is 45 percent contained at 57,500 acres.
The number of acres burned by wildfires in the U.S. is about average for this time of year. But, in California, the 'new normal' includes larger and more frequent wildfires.