Mar 16 2010
“The Department of the Interior today announced an updated allocation for Central Valley Project water supplies. Based on a 90 percent forecast, farmers on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley will receive 25 percent of their contract water supply and farmers in the Sacramento Valley will receive 50 percent – both allocations are up from 5 percent.
This is good news, and this updated allocation provides more certainty and should help farmers secure the loans they need.
The Department also reaffirmed that they are working to secure the equivalent of an additional allocation of 8 to 10 percent for South-of-Delta agricultural users through administrative measures.
I’m pleased that the Interior Department has recognized the urgency of the water crisis and worked quickly to provide this updated allocation announcement ahead of schedule. I will continue to work with the Administration to ensure that farmers have enough water to plant, hire, and harvest this year.”