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Drought-Stricken Western States Get $50 Million in U.S. Relief

The U.S. government will provide $50 million to western states to increase the efficiency of water systems as California suffers from a record drought.

California will get about $29 million of the funds, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell told reporters Friday in Sacramento, the state capital, where she met with Governor Jerry Brown. The money could be used to improve infrastructure for water supplies, drought monitoring and protecting endangered species, among other purposes.