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California state Democrats propose spending $3.4B on drought

California state Democrats propose spending $3.4B on drought
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California state Democrats on Thursday proposed to spend $3.4 billion on the state’s current drought.

California reported in early April that 2021 is the third-driest year the state has seen and could contribute to another devastating wildfire season.

The proposal would tackle a myriad of issues, including protecting wildlife, paying off resident’s water bills and getting water to smaller, rural communities, The Associated Press reported.

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The plan has $1 billion going toward paying off accumulated water bill debt among California residents. Another $285 million would go to protecting fish and wildlife.

Another $75 million would contribute to officials getting instruments to measure snow and rain so they can have more information before deciding how much water should stay in a reservoir. 

An additional $500 million will go to rural communities to provide them with storage tanks, trucks that can give emergency water to cisterns and drinkable water from larger water systems being connected to smaller systems for the communities, according to the AP.

"We have communities that do not have adequate drinking water in the fifth-largest economy in the world,” California Senate President Pro Tempore Toni Atkins told The Hill earlier this month.

The state is also looking to spend $500 million on getting residents to replace their lawns with artificial grass or other landscaping that rely on less water than traditional yards.

The plan will be paid for in part by President BidenJoe BidenCaitlyn Jenner on Hannity touts Trump: 'He was a disruptor' Argentina launches 'Green Mondays' campaign to cut greenhouse gases On The Money: Federal judge vacates CDC's eviction moratorium | Biden says he's open to compromise on corporate tax rate | Treasury unsure of how long it can stave off default without debt limit hike MORE’s coronavirus relief package and state taxpayer money.

The spending needs to be agreed upon by the Assembly, Senate and Gov. Gavin Newson (D), the AP noted.