The California Department of Water Resources has announced nearly $153 million in grants to regional water projects around the state.
The Department says 138 projects will share the money, and many of them will provide drought relief through expanded conservation and water recycling.
The money comes from a bond measure approved by voters in 2006. One of the projects includes a pipeline to provide recycled water to customers in the San Francisco Bay Area.
A close review of water conservation numbers shows some urban water suppliers in California still have a long way to go to meet mandatory conservation targets.
Some pest control companies say business is way up this year as people deal with more ants, fleas and rodents. The vermin boom is blamed on the drought and warmer than usual winter.
California and the Australian state of Victoria are teaming up to share knowledge and training in wildfire and flood management.
Drought, dead and dying trees and a lack of snow in California have left national forests in a perfect condition for large and severe wildfires.
Record summer heat has increased fire risk in California and the Western U.S. as drought conditions expand.