U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Decides to give Central Valley Project full Allocation of Water
Great new for Central Valley farmers, it turns out that the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation will provide a 100 percent allocation to Central Valley Project customers this year. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation had previously stated that they were only going to allocate 65 percent of the water to Central Valley Project customers. Despite this, famers are still a bit displeased with the federal agency because they took too long to give them the full allocation of water. Johnny Amaral, deputy general manager of the sprawling Westlands Water District in Fresno, stated:
You don’t want to bite the hand that feeds you, but it’s a reality of farming that the decisions for the growing season are made months ago… There’s reason to celebrate, (but) my only hope is that we could have had this announcement earlier.
The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation claimed it was being cautious before allocating the full amount of water, but maybe they should also be more understanding of the farming process and give the farmers earlier notice.
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