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Legislators OK $1-billion relief measure for future droughts
Legislators OK $1-billion relief measure for future droughts

State lawmakers Thursday sent Gov. Jerry Brown a $1-billion plan that would restock food pantries in parched Central Valley communities and rush bottled water to Californians whose taps are nearly dry. But the legislation, which has been billed as emergency relief, will not rescue California from the drought that is now entering its fourth year. Rather, it would help officials prepare for the next one. Most of the funds would be directed to long-term efforts such as strengthening flood controls, improving water recycling and building desalination plants to produce clean water from the ocean. "When your house is burning, there's only so much you can do to fireproof it,"...

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