Central Valley facing another dry year
March 1, 2015
The Federal Bureau of Reclamation has announced it will not release reservoir water for most Central Valley farmers for the second straight year. [KCOY]
Farmers are scrambling to find other water sources, uprooting or not planting their fields, while others are using unregulated groundwater wells that are quickly drying up.
Some farms are exempt from complete cuts under California’s antiquated water rights system dating to Gold Rush-era days.
California’s snow pack, the main source of water across the state, is just one-fifth its normal level.
State Water customers on the Central Coast are actually seeing their annual allotments increase to 15 percent this year, up from five percent last year.