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California announces $288 million for drought and flood projects

  • California announces $288 million for drought and flood projects

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Officer of Governor Gavin Newsom
Gavin Newsom is the Governor of California, former Lieutenant Governor of California, and former Mayor of San Francisco.

Governor Gavin Newsom has advanced an unprecedented $8.5 billion worth of investments to conserve, store, and deliver more water to California communities. Recent investments have also focused on protecting Californians from historic flooding. Today, California announced over a quarter of a billion dollars for projects throughout the state to continue accomplishing these goals.

The Department of Water Resources (DWR), through the Urban Community Drought Relief Grant program, has awarded over $217 million to 44 projects that will help communities strengthen drought resilience and better prepare for future dry conditions – helping advance efforts outlined in Governor Newsom’s strategy to adapt California’s water supply for a hotter and drier future. These investments focus on:

Flood Risk Management/Groundwater Recharge

In San Joaquin County, Stockton East Water District will receive $12.2 million to divert water from the New Hogan Reservoir for groundwater recharge and drinking water purposes. In Fresno County, the City of Fresno will receive $5.2 million to make improvements to the existing Leaky Acres Basin to maximize the capture of surface water during flood events.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Works will receive $10.5 million to reinforce the Santa Anita dam and remove sediment, providing additional storage capacity for downstream groundwater recharge in the Santa Anita Spreading Grounds. The project will increase the County’s ability to recharge with stormwater, adding over 2,000 acre-feet of new storm water resources to the groundwater basin annually. The project was previously visited by Vice President Kamala Harris, U.S. Senator Alex Padilla and California Natural Resources Secretary Wade Crowfoot in January during record-setting rains.

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