California growers in the southern San Joaquin Valley are facing an unprecedented second straight year of zero water allocations from the federal Central Valley Project.
“We are bracing for a potential fourth year of severe drought, and this low initial allocation is yet another indicator of the dire situation,” David Murillo, mid-Pacific regional director for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, said Feb. 27 in a news release. Allocations are subject to monthly reassessment.
The initial agricultural allocation north of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is 10% of contract amounts. But to the south, it’s zero.