NRDC Issue Brief – Proceed with Caution: California’s Drought and Seawater Desalination

  • by BPC Staff
  • on May 28, 2014

I. Introduction

For California, 2013 was the driest calendar year ever recorded across virtually the entire state.1
On January 17, 2014, Governor Jerry brown proclaimed the drought to be a State of emergency, directed state officials to take all necessary actions to assist the hardest hit communities, and called for all Californians to pitch in to reduce water use by 20 percent. in short order, lawmakers and the governor enacted a relief package that provides $687 million in drought relief to fund projects to improve conservation, clean up contaminated groundwater, make irrigation more efficient, and help those hurt most by the drought.

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