Feb 21, 2014 1:14 PM
The Bureau of Reclamation has announced the initial 2014 water supply allocation for Central Valley Project agricultural contractors.
The Bureau of Reclamation determines the allocation of CVP water for agricultural, environmental and industrial and municipal purposes based upon many factors. The initial 2014 allocation is based on a conservative runoff forecast that is driven by critically dry conditions, water quality requirements and endangered species protection measures.
Unless the weather turns around many farmers can expect to receive no water from the federally run CVP. Central Valley farmers received only 20 percent of their normal water allotment last year and were expecting this year's bad news. Some communities and endangered wildlife that rely on the federal water source will also suffer deep cuts.
As drought conditions continue putting further stress on limited water supplies, Reclamation will work with the State Water Resources Control Board and the Department of Water Resources to effectively carry out project operations.
Reclamation and the Natural Resources Conservation Service announced they are leveraging federal funds for water delivery agencies and agricultural producers and will provide up to $14 million in funding for water districts and associated growers to conserve water and improve water management. These projects will help communities build resilience to drought, including modernizing their water infrastructures and efficiently using scarce resources, while continuing to support the agricultural economy.
As the year progresses, changes to hydrology and opportunities to exercise operational flexibility of the CVP are factors and conditions that will influence future allocations. More information on allocations and water supply updates can be found on the Bureau of Reclamation’s website.
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