Zero Allocation of Water From Central Valley Project



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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, February 21, 2014

Farmers on both west and east sides of the San Joaquin Valley are dealing with an unprecedented low allocation of water.

Terra Bella Irrigation District on the east side also lacks groundwater.

General Manager Sean Gievet says if they don’t get enough rain by summer, thousands of acres of citrus crops are at risk.

“We can make sure people have water," says Gievet. "Beyond that though, there’s no more water. So all of my irrigation demand, all the citrus and nuts and the guys growing the crops I don’t have any water for them right now.”

Terra Bella is part of the larger Friant Water Authority which irrigates one million acres and serves 15,000 farmers.
"We're in bad shape," says Ron Jacobsma General Manager of the Friant Water Authority.
Jacobsma says because of historic water rights of some contractors, Friant will be short of water. 
"So instead of starting at zero our Friant contractors are in essence starting at about a negative 300,000 acre feet, " says Jacobsma.

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