SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A $687 million drought-relief plan is headed to the governor's desk after winning overwhelming approval in both houses of the Legislature.
The plan redirects money in the state budget and draws from two previously approved bonds.
It includes almost $475 million in accelerated grant funding for water conservation and recycling projects. Another $15 million will go to communities running low on drinking water supplies while $47 million provides food and housing assistance for people in drought-stricken communities.
The plan also increases penalties for illegally diverting water.
The legislation will take effect immediately if signed by the governor, as expected.