Thursday Top of the Scroll: California farms, cities to get big jump in water from feds after storms
California farms and cities that get their water from the Central Valley Project are due to receive a large increase in water allocations this year after snowpack and reservoirs were replenished in winter storms, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced Wednesday. Most recipients of the Central Valley Projects are irrigation districts that supply farms, and some are cities, including those served by the East Bay Municipal Utility District and Contra Costa Water District in the Bay Area. Farms that received zero initial water allocations last year, in the third year of the state’s historic drought, are due to receive 35% of their allocation this year, the most they’ve gotten since 2019. Others, including the Sacramento River Settlement Contractors, large shareholders with senior water rights, will receive 100% of their contracted water supply.
- Los Angeles Times: On eve of storms, California water authorities boost State Water Project allocation to 35%
- Sacramento Bee: California boosts state water allocation again, as heavy snow returns to the mountains
- U.S. Bureau of Reclamation: Reclamation announces initial 2023 water supply allocations for Central Valley Project contractors
- CA Department of Water Resources: DWR Announces Modest Increase in State Water Project Allocation
- Porterville Recorder: Bureau of Reclamation officially announces 100 percent water allocation
- CNBC: California water officials raise State Water Project allocation after storms