Water Allocation Leaves California Growers Dry

Water Allocation Leaves California Growers Dry

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.

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