by Cole Mellino
As we all know, California is experiencing its fourth year of extreme and exceptional drought. Scientists have confirmed it’s the worst drought in the region in the last 1,200 years. Thankfully, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced on Feb. 6 that the Bureau of Reclamation is “making $50 million in funds available for drought relief projects throughout the West—including nearly $20 million for California’s Central Valley Project.”
“California’s ongoing drought is wreaking havoc on farmers, ranchers, municipalities, tribes and the environment,” said Secretary Jewell. “With climate change, droughts are projected to become more intense and frequent in many parts of the West, so we need to pursue every measure to provide relief and support to communities who are feeling the impacts.”
Secretary Jewell made the announcement after a meeting with California’s Governor Brown to discuss the Obama Administration’s “all-in” approach to the drought in California.