Friday, March 27, 2015

Relief on the way

Legislature sends $1 billion drought package to Brown

The California Assembly debates drought aid legislation Thursday morning at the state Capitol. BEN ADLER/Capital Public Radio

Capital Public Radio

San Francisco Chronicle

The California Assembly approved a $1 billion plan Thursday to bring immediate relief for communities hit hardest by the drought and to move long-term water projects along more quickly. Gov. Brown and legislative leaders announced the plan last week, and it now heads to the governor for final approval. Most of the money — $660 million — would move along flood protection projects from a nearly decade-old bond set to expire next year. >> BROWN SIGNS BILL

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Drought relief falls short, conservationists say

Los Angeles Times

Not only will the $1 billion spending plan approved by lawmakers Thursday provide little immediate relief, state leaders are missing an opportunity to take more decisive action to restrict water use, conservation advocates said. The water board is expected to consider new measures in the spring, but so far, Gov. Brown has been hesitant about promoting mandatory water restrictions.

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State will consider amendment on desal facilities

Maven's Notebook

As water supplies have tightened throughout the state, more coastal communities have been considering desalination as a way to develop additional reliable supplies. Adopting an amendment to the existing Water Quality Control Plan for the Ocean Waters of California (Ocean Plan) to address the impacts of desalination facilities has been identified as a priority for the State Water Board.

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