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$687-Million California Drought Relief Plan Met With Mixed Reactions

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A proposed $687.4-million drought-relief package unveiled Wednesday was met with mixed reactions, with one state Republican leader calling it a “drop in the bucket.”


filephoto California Governor Jerry Brown

File photo of California Gov. Jerry Brown. (Credit: CNN)

The proposal, presented by Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders, aims to clean up drinking water, improve conservation and make irrigation systems more efficient.

It also contains money to replenish groundwater supplies, and for state and local agencies to clear brush in drought-stricken areas that pose a high fire risk.

“We really don’t know how bad the drought is going to be,” Brown told reporters Wednesday.

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