Brown signs $1 billion water plan for dry California 

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  • Gov. Jerry Brown discusses his $1 billion package of emergency drought-relief legislation during a Capitol news conference in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, March 19, 2015. Accompanied by Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, of San Diego and Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, of Los Angeles, Senate Minority Leader Bob Huff, of Diamond Bar and Assembly Minority Leader Kristin Olsen. Brown's plan accelerates spending already approved by voters for water and flood projects. The proposal includes money for emergency drinking water, food aid for the hardest-hit counties, fish and wildlife protections and groundwater management.
Gov. Jerry Brown has approved a plan injecting $1 billion of water spending into California as it grapples with a historic drought.

Brown signed legislation Friday that will offer aid to residents hurt by the drought and expedite spending on water infrastructure. Most of the plan funds projects with future dry years in mind rather than the current drought.

The Democratic governor says the funding is just one part of a much larger effort to prepare for "an uncertain future."

Nearly two-thirds of the package goes to flood protection construction to prevent mudslides and sudden storms from overtaking communities. It also will fund grants for water recycling and drinking water for small and poor cities, and to help food banks and wildlife.

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