Today, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced an update to the 2017 water allocation for San Joaquin Valley agricultural service contractors who receive water through the Central Valley Project (CVP).
WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced an update to the 2017 water allocation for San Joaquin Valley agricultural service contractors who receive water through the Central Valley Project (CVP).
Despite an abundance of precipitation this rainy season, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation originally announced a sixty five percent allocation for South-of-Delta Central Valley Project agricultural water service contractors and a ninety percent allocation for Municipal & Industrial (M&I) contractors. However, today, the Bureau announced water supplies would be increased to one hundred percent of contract supply for all South-of the Delta CVP contractors.
Following the announcement, U.S. Congressman David G. Valadao (CA-21) stated, "Although it is unfortunate that today's announcement came so late in the growing season, I am encouraged by the increased allocation and hope such decisions will be determined earlier moving forward." He continued, "Access to a clean, reliable water supply is the lifeblood of the Central Valley’s booming agricultural economy, and is imperative to the everyday lives of all Valley families. Today's announcement also emphasizes the need to improve our water infrastructure. In doing so, water from storms, such as those we experienced this winter, could be captured to satisfy all contractual obligations, and stored for future dry years."
Congressman David G. Valadao represents the 21st Congressional District, which includes Kings County and portions of Fresno, Tulare, and Kern Counties.