With the driest January through March on record, the Bureau of Reclamation, working closely with the California Department of Water Resources, has a plan to help ease water supply shortages this spring. The Bureau released details of the plan Monday.
The actions will improve water supplies to the Central Valley Project by more than 100,000 acre-feet to support current water allocations. According to a news release from the Bureau, other actions to augment future water supplies, including water transfers, could total another 200,000 acre-feet.
While helpful, these actions come extremely late in the season for most growers and do not come close to mitigating the loss of more than 800,000 acre feet of water that flowed through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and out to sea in December and January during heavy storm runoff conditions. Federal fish agencies ordered severe restrictions on pumping from the Delta at that time in order to protect Delta smelt from being entrained at the pumps. Field surveys showed, however, that the fish were not near the pumps at that time.
To read the news release, including details of the actions, click here.
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