Statement on the Announcement of Increased Water Allocations by the Bureau of Reclamation

Statement by Federico Barajas, Executive Director of the San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority, on the Announcement of Increased Water Allocations by the Bureau of Reclamation

Sacramento, CA – Following spring storms, today, the Bureau of Reclamation announced updated allocations for Central Valley Project contractors for the 2020 contract year.

The allocation for south-of-Delta agricultural water service contractors was increased from 15% to 20% of their contract total. South-of-Delta municipal and industrial water service contractors allocations were increased to 70% of their historic use, up from 65%, or health and safety needs, whichever is greater. These allocation adjustments result from summer releases from Folsom Dam.

“During these unprecedented times, we must remember that reliable water supplies are the foundation on which community and economic health is built.Photo of Federico Barajas

“This year’s lack of rain and snowpack has challenged Reclamation’s ability to meet the multiple needs for water deliveries from the Central Valley Project – agricultural water supply, water for ecosystems and threatened species, and water for California’s urban populations.

“The San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority appreciates Reclamation’s ability to carefully strike a balance, given the challenging conditions. The reliability and quantity of surface water deliveries directly impacts the amount of groundwater that is used to produce the food we eat and the water we drink.

“Today’s announcement of a water allocation increase has positive benefits for California communities and its environment and reduces the reliance on groundwater aquifers in the San Joaquin Valley.”

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