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Grant money helping water conservation in San Luis Obispo County & more could be on the way

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Governor Jerry Brown proposed Thursday spending an additional 2.2 billion dollars for programs he said will help the state deal with its punishing drought.

We could and actually are benefiting from this money already. We currently have three projects here in San Luis Obispo County. County officials said they will try to get part of the money announced Thursday for more projects.

The grant money goes to projects to help local agencies to conserve water, respond to emergency conditions, and expand local water supply.

The desalination plant in Cambria is already up and running with the help of grant money. A water turn-out project in the Heritage Ranch Community Services District is under construction.

Most recently, bids are out right now to start construction on a $1.5 million project to build a pipeline to help the town of Santa Margarita in case they run out of water.  Courtney Howard, is a Water Resources Engineer for San Luis Obispo County said "They only have brown water wells and it's really susceptible to droughts because the basin is pretty shallow, so in the event that they aren't able to produce enough water they can open the valves basically between."

San Luis Obispo County received more than $6.3 million in grant money for these three projects. County officials also said that with this new proposal Thursday, they will be applying for more grant money for water projects in San Simeon, Oceano and Templeton.

The budget also boosts spending by $62 million dollars to help fight wildfires, and $13.5 million for farm workers who are losing income and jobs.
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