A California lawmaker is taking steps to help the state deal with its growing water needs.
Assemblyman Anthony Rendon is proposing amendments to the Clean and Safe Drinking Water Act of 2014 that would increase funding for above and below ground water storage.
"As an environmentalist, I believe that the threat of increased flash flooding and longer droughts caused by global warming behooves the state to invest heavily in storage as a way to better manage storage and capture excess water," Rendon said.
Under the amendments, such funding would jump from $1.5 billion to $2.5 billion.
Rendon says such storage is going to be critical as California continues to deal with this year's drought and future droughts.
He says the creation of the extra ground water storage facilities will also create thousands of jobs.