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$375 Million in Stimulus Money will Address California Water Crisis

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After yesterday's local board vote that reduced water supplies in Southern California by 10%, $260 million from the Department of the Interior will go to projects in the state that should expand water supplies, repair aging water infrastructure, and help mitigate the effects of the drought. “President Obama’s economic recovery plan will not only create jobs on basic water infrastructure projects, but it will help address both the short- and long-term water supply challenges the Golden State is facing," said Secretary Ken Salazar. "From boosting water supplies and improving conservation to improving safety at our dams, these shovel-ready projects will make a real and immediate difference in the lives of farmers, businesses, Native American Tribes and communities across California.” Most projects--some are listed below--focus in Northern California where water is transferred to whet the appetites of Southern Californians.