GV Wire —
A wet April enabled the Bureau of Reclamation to bump irrigation deliveries to west-side Central Valley Project growers by 5% to 20% of their contracts, the federal agency said Tuesday.
In addition, Friant Division growers saw their Class 1 allocations also expand by 5% to 60% of their contract amounts. Their water comes from the Upper San Joaquin River Basin.
As the 2019-20 water year has been marked by below-average precipitation, the modest boost was warmly greeted by San Joaquin Valley growers.
“The San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority appreciates Reclamation’s ability to carefully strike a balance, given the challenging conditions,” said Federico Barajas, the authority’s executive director. “The reliability and quantity of surface water deliveries directly impact the amount of groundwater that is used to produce the food we eat and the water we drink.