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California State Water Project announces 10% initial water allocation

oroville dam

The California Department of Water Resources announced an initial State Water Project allocation of 10% for the 2020 calendar year. The initial allocation is based on several factors, such as conservative dry hydrology, reservoir storage, and releases necessary to meet water supply and environmental demands, according to a news release. State allocations are based on conservative assumptions and may change ... Read More »

Buruau of Reclamation makes initial CVP water allocations

Shasta Dam

The Bureau of Reclamation announced initial water allocations for Central Valley Project water contractors. As the season progresses, the bureau may change the amount of water delivered. The initial allocation as based on conservative estimates of the amount of water in Sierra Nevada snowpack, current Central Valley reservoir storage and anticipated precipitation, according to a bureau news release. As of ... Read More »

Farmers rally against California’s proposed ‘water grab’

Sacramento Capitol water rally

• By Vicky Boyd, Editor • More than 1,500 farmers, community leaders and urbanites attending an Aug. 20 rally sent a passionate message to the California State Water Board about their disgust with its proposed unimpaired San Joaquin River flows. The event — organized by Assemblyman Adam Gray, D-Merced, and held on the steps of the state Capitol in Sacramento ... Read More »

California water board’s actions a sign of things to come

Old River

Here we go again. The California State Water Resources Control Board has come out with an updated proposal for unimpaired flows on the San Joaquin River and its tributaries. Upon first glance, the most-recent rendition isn’t much changed since the board originally floated the proposal in November 2016. At the heart is leaving an average of 40 percent of water ... Read More »

Water woes take top billing, regardless of where you farm

Vicky Boyd

For nearly eight hours recently, I listened to impassioned pleas from farmers, fishermen, politicians, environmentalists and the public about the California Water Resources Control Board’s proposal to nearly double the amount of free-flowing water in Stanislaus River tributaries. Read More »