Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Trickling down

$320 million in government drought relief still unspent

Money has been sitting in government accounts for more than a year.

Fresno Bee / AP

More than $320 million that was supposed to be rushed to drought-stricken California communities sits unspent in government bank accounts more than a year after lawmakers voted to use the money to provide water, protect wells from contamination and upgrade outdated water systems. Here's how some of that money was spent.


Brown: Fixing Delta system important for state

Los Angeles Times

Gov. Jerry Brown called on California to support a plan to transform the heart of one of the state’s most important water systems, saying failure to take action on the Delta could risk disaster for not only Southern California, but the San Francisco Bay Area.


Tulare County declares emergency as jail wells fail

Fresno Bee

The ongoing drought has caused two key wells to go dry at the Bob Wiley Detention Facility and neighboring jail farm north of Visalia, prompting Tulare County supervisors to declare an emergency. The declaration allows the county to skip the normal competitive bidding process so new wells can be drilled as soon as possible.

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