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Commentary: Water Won’t Run Through Lines in the Sand

From The Salinas Californian, in a commentary by Dennis Taylor:

“While farmers in the Salinas Valley are increasingly worried about future irrigation water, the federal Bureau of Reclamation told farmers in the Central Valley on Friday that they will have a zero allocation of water from the Central Valley Water Project.

“Meanwhile, Republicans and Democrats in Sacramento are introducing water bills that often serve only to counter the other party’s water bills.

Aquafornia news Los Angeles Times

Most Central Valley Growers to Get No Water from Central Valley Project

From the Los Angeles Times:

“Citing the state’s severe drought, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced an initial water allocation of zero for most contractors of the sprawling Central Valley Project. …

“The bureau even plans to give districts with the most senior water rights only 40% of their contract supply – the deepest cut ever for that group.”

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Aquafornia news San Jose Mercury News

Feds Say Farmers Won’t Get Any Central Valley Project Water This Year

From the San Jose Mercury News:

“In a crushing reminder of the state’s parched plight, federal officials announced Friday that the Central Valley Project — California’s largest water delivery system — will provide no water this year to Central Valley farmers and only 50 percent of the contracted amount to urban areas such as Santa Clara and Contra Costa counties.”

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Aquafornia news Salinas Californian

Central Valley Farmers Won’t Get Federal Water

From The Salinas Californian:

“After weeks of speculation on how much water from Millerton Lake might be released this year to South Valley farmers and communities that depend on it, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation made its announcement on Friday.”

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Aquafornia news Stockton Record

Water News Not as Bleak for San Joaquin County

From the Stockton Record:

“Despite Friday’s bleak news for many Central Valley farmers, the federal tap will continue to flow to portions of San Joaquin County – albeit at a much lower rate.

“Officials announced Friday that the Stockton East Water District and the Central San Joaquin Water Conservation District will receive 55 percent of the amount of water called for in their contracts this year, barring big shifts in the weather.”

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Aquafornia news Fresno Bee

Feds to Central Valley Farmers: Expect No Water this Summer

From The Fresno Bee:

“The federal Central Valley Project on Friday made an unprecedented irrigation forecast — zero water this summer for 3 million acres in the Central Valley at the heart of the state’s $44 billion farm industry.

“Federal leaders blamed a record-setting drought for the potentially devastating cutback.

Aquafornia news Fresno Bee Earth Log by Mark Grossi

Blog: Fresno Projected to Get Zero Federal Water, But Small Cities will Get Some

From The Fresno Bee Earth Log by Mark Grossi:

“My story Saturday about the zero water allocations for San Joaquin Valley farmers glossed over a nuance that should be reported. And federal officials got one thing wrong.”

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Aquafornia news Associated Press

California Farmers Brace for Little or No Water

From the Associated Press:

“Federal officials plan to announce Friday how much water they can release this year through a vast system of rivers, canals and reservoirs, but Central Valley farmers on the front lines of California’s historic drought expect to get little, if anything.

“This time of year the U.S.

Aquafornia news Chico Enterprise-Record

Farmers With the Best of Water Rights Now Feeling Effects of Drought

From the Chico Enterprise-Record:

“An unprecedented drought and water cutbacks of unprecedented proportion are sweeping through the Sacramento Valley.

“This time it was Glenn-Colusa Irrigation District’s turn to hear the dry news: the lowest amount of water in its history and significantly less than required by its water contract.”

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Aquafornia news Fresno Bee

San Joaquin Valley Farmers Brace for ‘Devastating Water News’

From The Fresno Bee:

“San Joaquin Valley farmers are expecting devastating water news Friday — the worst-ever forecast for federal water delivery, reflecting the landmark dry season.

“Federal Central Valley Project leaders are expected to announce an unprecedented zero allocation for more than 2 million acres, spanning both east and west sides of the country’s most productive farmland.”

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CVP: Aquafornia Water Word of the Week

Aquafornia’s Water Word of the Week from sister site Aquapedia is CVP, an acronym that has been in the news lately.

The Water Education Foundation’s online water encyclopedia includes CVP in both the Useful Acronyms section and under the more than 200 definitions of water topics.

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Aquafornia news [Marysville] Appeal-Democrat

Recent Rains Don’t Clear Up Uncertainty for North Valley Farmers

From the [Marysville] Appeal-Democrat:

“Phillips [Lynn Phillips, general manager of the Sutter Extension Water District], like most water managers and farmers, is unsure about his water supply for 2014. Phillips is anticipating a 50 percent cut — the maximum possible — in the district’s water delivery from Lake Oroville, which irrigates about 20,000 acres.”

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Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Storm Allows Boost in Delta Water Diversions

From The Sacramento Bee:

“The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation was able to take advantage of increased runoff from the wet weekend storms to boost water diversions from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.”

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Aquafornia news Stockton Record

New Melones Lake Marina to Close by Oct. 1

From the Stockton Record:

“Citing the drought and low water levels, the operator of the New Melones Lake Marina has announced it will close the marina by Oct. 1.

“The closure could come even earlier, if required by low water levels.”

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Aquafornia news Sacramento Bee

Giant New Floodgates Soon to Arrive at Folsom Dam

From The Sacramento Bee:

“After six years of construction, a momentous event is expected later this month at the new flood-control spillway being built at Folsom Dam: The steel flood-control gates – the mechanical heart of the project – will begin to arrive for installation.”

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DOI News: Addressing California’s Water Challenges Through Action and Collaboration

From Michael L. Connor, Commissioner, Bureau of Reclamation; William W. Stelle, Jr., Regional Administrator, NOAA Fisheries West Coast Region; and Ann Mills, Deputy Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment, USDA:

“The Obama Administration has been and continues to be committed to a comprehensive suite of actions necessary to promote a sustainable, reliable water supply to serve the people, the economy, and the environment of California.
Aquafornia news [Marysville] Appeal-Democrat

Drought Watch: Managers Await Notice of Cuts in Water

From the [Marysville] Appeal-Democrat:

On Friday, the State Water Resources Control Board announced a curtailment of all post-1914 water rights holders, which will affect about 500 water contracts in Yuba, Sutter and Colusa counties.

“Now, as water managers wait for those curtailment notices to arrive, the Bureau of Reclamation and other federal partners will announce additional responses to the drought at a press conference today in Sacramento.”

Aquafornia news Fresno Bee

West-side Farmers Get to Keep Water They had Stored Away

From The Fresno Bee:

“West San Joaquin Valley farmers don’t have to worry about losing the 340,000 acre-feet of water they stored in San Luis Reservoir last year — the federal government won’t take it.”

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Aquafornia news Fresno Bee Earthlog Blog by Mark Grossi

Blog: Farmers Invested $150 Million in Water Feds Might Take

From The Fresno Bee Earthlog Blog by Mark Grossi:

“West Valley farmers spent $150 million last year buying some water and storing it in San Luis Reservoir. They were planning ahead for a zero water allocation from the federal Central Valley Project this year.”

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Aquafornia news U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

Bureau of Reclamation Presents News Release: Water Year 2014 Central Valley Project Water Supply Conditions

From the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation:

“In preparation for the Bureau of Reclamation’s initial water year 2014 water allocation announcement in late-February, Reclamation is providing information on water supply conditions for the federal Central Valley Project. Reclamation’s water year runs from October 1 to September 30; the contract year runs from March 1 to February 28.”

Read more from Reclamation’s news release