The U.S. Department of Labor has released another $6 million to the state of California as part of a National Dislocated Worker Grant to help people whose jobs have been affected by the 4-year-old drought there.
The latest grant payment brings the total released to California thus far to $9 million. The first $3 million of the total $18 million grant was released this past July.
The money is used to provide temporary employment of eligible individuals to assist with cleanup and recovery efforts related to California’s long-term drought, as well as to help participants find permanent employment.
In Nevada, meanwhile, where drought also has been severe in recent years, the Southern Nevada Water Authority has increased turf-removal incentive payments to property owners through its “Water Smart Landscapes Rebate” program.
Recipients who qualify can now receive $2 per square foot of turf converted to drought-friendly landscaping, an increase from the current $1.50 per square foot incentive.
Information about the program, including eligibility requirements, pre- and post-conversion resources, as well as sample landscape plans, is available at snwa.com.