Thursday, April 16, 2009

Calif to Get $260 Million to Improve Water Infrastructure

U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, left, announced this week that California will receive $260 million in economic-stimulus funds to improve its aging water infrastructure. The funds come from the $787 billion federal-stimulus package President Barack Obama signed in February. Of the $260 million pledged by Mr. Salazar for California, $40 million is designated for immediate drought relief. The rest of the funds would be used to improve dams and other infrastructure.

Nearly half of Interior Department's planned investment nationwide -- $450 million -- will go toward meeting future water supply needs. Some $235 million will fund environmental restoration, while $165 million is designated for improving infrastructure reliability and safety.

Californiat is in a state of emergency because of drought conditions and California's water system has not undergone major construction since the 1970s. (WSJ, 4/15/09))

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