The California Department of Water Resources announced Friday that water allocations from the State Water Project have been reduced to 35 percent from 40 percent due to a record dry January and February, according to a new release. The cuts also reflect a grim weather outlook for March and pumping restrictions that were imposed beginning in December to protect Delta smelt and salmon.
There is also a decrease for South-of-Delta water service contactors. The Bureau of Reclamation announced the same day that agricultural water service contractors’ allocation is decreased from 25 to 20 percent of their contract supply.
The cuts will affect about two million acres of land throughout the Central Valley.
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