Less water to be delivered to North State farmers

Feb 21, 2014 9:17 PM

The US Bureau of Reclamation announced a bleak water supply plan today.

North State water districts are saying that means significantly less water for farmers.

Western Canal Water District General Manager Ted Trimble said this is a drought unlike any other.

The State Department of Water Resources decides how much water his district will get.

Recently they told Western Canal they'll probably receive half of their water supply this year.

Western Canal provides water to farmers, about 90% of which are rice farmers.

He said he's been in talks with them about planning on how much to plant.

“You’re going to see a lot of land not get planted,” Trimble said. “You're going to see increased groundwater use. This is a big change from a normal 100% supply year.”

The Bureau of Reclamation has told the Glenn-Colusa Irrigation District they can expect to see about 40% allocations.


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