Governor Brown Cuts Over $100 Million for Drought Response in Revised State Budget
SACRAMENTO, CA, May 12, 2017 – Governor Brown’s May revision of the California Budget released Thursday slashed over $100 million in funds designated for drought response. With the drought officially declared “over” in April, the remaining $63 million intended for the state’s drought package will go to CalFire. The San Jose Mercury News reported on these changes Thursday noting: “In January, before heavy winter rains came, the governor proposed increasing the state budget by $179 million to address the five-year drought. Now, having declared it over in April, he proposes to reduce that increase to $63 million, with much of the remaining money to go for increased firefighting — from more fire engines to longer hours at CalFire stations — to deal with the risk from 100 million dead trees in the Sierra Nevada and to help with emergency water supplies…
DAILY DIGEST, Easter Sunday edition: How the drought changed California forever; Explainer: The 8 stations in the Northern Sierra 8-station index; California tribes fear abysmal salmon run could trigger public health crisis; and more …
; Bids for Oroville Dam repair top state estimates; $275.4 million the lowest; Governor defends State’s handling of Oroville Dam Spillway emergency; ‘Broken promises’: County officials, public sound off on current and historical problems at Oroville Dam; USGS finds vast reserves of salty groundwater underneath California; Report: We can’t stop sea level rise, only slow it down; How legalized marijuana applies to boaters; and more … In the news this weekend … How the drought changed California forever: “California’s historic five-year drought is officially over, washed away with the relentlessly drenching rains, floods and snowstorms of this winter.
“This was the wake-up call of the century.” … ” Read more from the San Jose Mercury News here: How the drought changed California forever State will increase water deliveries to Southern California: “State officials said Friday Southern California water agencies will soon get close to a full of allotment of water — 85 percent — following several winter storms that broke rain and snow records across the state.
The announcement came one week after Gov.
Bids for Oroville Dam repair top state estimates; $275.4 million the lowest: “Blowing past state officials’ financial projections, three construction contractors submitted bids for the Oroville Dam repairs that begin at $275 million, the Department of Water Resources said Saturday.
… ” Read more from the Sacramento Bee here: Bids for Oroville Dam repair top state estimates; $275.4 million the lowest Governor defends State’s handling of Oroville Dam Spillway emergency: “California Gov.
… ” Read more from CBS News here: Governor defends State’s handling of Oroville Dam Spillway emergency ‘Broken promises’: County officials, public sound off on current and historical problems at Oroville Dam: “A deluge of grievances regarding long-stalled relicensing, management and repairs at the Oroville Dam prompted by the recent crisis at the reservoir were aired at the Butte County Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday (April 11).
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… ” Read more from the Sacramento Bee here: Dear California water officials: After Oroville Dam scare, why should we trust you?
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