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Lady Gaga, seen here in Paris, filmed a music video at Hearst Castle and made a donation to the site’s organization, which Gov. Jerry Brown noted in a letter to the pop diva.

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The Buzz: Lady Gaga gets letter of thanks from Jerry Brown

Published: Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 - 8:52 pm

Brown lauds Lady Gaga’s

aid to Hearst Castle

First California posted drought alerts on freeway signs. Now it’s turning to Lady Gaga.

The pop superstar, who wanted the iconic but leaky pool at Hearst Castle filled for a “creative project” she is shooting, got approval after she and associates agreed to make a $250,000 donation to help maintain and repair the castle, including repairs at Neptune Pool, according to the Hearst Castle Preservation Foundation.

Gaga also agreed to promote the castle and conservation on social media, and to film a conservation public service announcement.

The castle is part of the state park system, and the arrangement caught the attention of Gov. Jerry Brown.

“I want to personally thank you for the aid and assistance you are providing to Hearst Castle, the communities surrounding San Simeon and the state as a whole,” the governor said in a letter to Lady Gaga. “I’ve called on all Californians to conserve water in every way possible and the assistance you are providing will aid in that effort.”

The castle foundation said the pool was filled with water from storage facilities on the Castle property and that the water will be returned when filming is done.

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