Many cities, farms getting full water supplies, but not all
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Federal water managers in California say they'll provide many cities and farms their full water supply in a year of record rain and snowfall.
The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation on Tuesday announced its initial allocations for a wet 2017 following five drought years.
The vast system of reservoirs and canals irrigates three million acres of farmland and provide drinking water to two million people.
The Friant Division allocation is 100 percent of Class 1 supplies. Friant contractors may also schedule and take delivery of Class 2 supplies up to the contract maximum. Friant water is used by Madera Irrigation District customers.
Reclamation's Pablo Arroyave says recent storms dumped rain and snowfall nearing record highs. However, the initial supply estimates don't include many farms in the vast San Joaquin Valley, which won't learn their allotments until late March.
The Fresno County Farm Bureau's Ryan Jacobsen says that's too late for farmers to plan their crops. He says it'll hurt the local economy in a time of record storms.
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The Madera Tribune contributed to this article.