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:
Parts of California just witnessed the driest February ever, and there’s around an 80 percent chance the state will enter a full-blown drought this year. If that happens, it could be the third-driest year in just over a century.
When it comes to rain and snow most of California is running below average this year, and little is forecast in the near future.
If you spent time on the water at Lake Tahoe last year and thought it looked a lot cloudier, you're right. UC Davis researchers say extreme weather — drought followed by heavy rains — caused clarity in 2017 to drop to its lowest recorded level.
(AP) — Despite dry conditions in much of the state, water managers say it's too early for fears that California is sliding back into drought as abruptly as the state fell out of it.
Caltrans is worried about the possibility of dead trees falling onto some California highways. The agency has already removed 107,000 trees. Now the agency is getting ready to remove another 54,000 trees, including some on private land.
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