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Brown Signs Drought Legislation, Calls For Conservation

Governor Jerry Brown has signed two bills that he and California lawmakers say will help the state endure its fourth year of drought.

The billion-dollar aid package moved through the Legislature within a week of its announcement by the governor and leading lawmakers from both parties.

But Capitol Bureau Chief Ben Adler says there isn’t much in this legislation that will tangibly help Californians survive another dry year.

Adler: “There is a little bit of money for emergency food aid and to truck water into communities that are just flat-out out of water. But beyond that, by and large, this is money for long-term projects, like water recycling, desalination, conservation and flood protection.”

In a statement, the governor said Californians must continue to “do their utmost to conserve water.”