Federal government to boost drought funding by $50 million

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The federal government is offering up to $50 million for drought relief in western states as California enters a fourth year of drought.

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and Gov. Jerry Brown announced the funding today.

It includes about $20 million for the Central Valley Water Project for things such as water transfers, drought monitoring for endangered species and diversifying water supplies.

The announcement comes as storms hit Northern California after an unusually dry January. A survey of the Sierra Nevada snowpack, California's primary water source, found a quarter of its normal water level.

Brown declared a drought emergency last January and signed a $687 million drought-relief package. He is proposing spending $115 million for emergency drinking water and money for firefighting this year.

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