Water Allocations Increased For Valley Farmers

There's good news for valley farmers who rely on state and federal water deliveries.

The State Department of Water Resources is increasing its initial allocation of{}5% to 15%.

This amount represents new water supplies to Westside farmers, which weren't originally factored in for 2010.

"Valley farmers have suffered tremendously during California's three year drought," said Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar.{}"With the support and guidance of Senator Feinstein, Senator Boxer, Congressmen Costa and Cardoza, and a number of stakeholders, the Department has identified actions that will provide additional water on top of what an average water year would deliver."{}{}

The additional water supplies are said to be in the range of 150,000 to 200,000 acre feet.

The department says as winter progresses and it gets a clearer picture of water conditions, the allocation can be increased even more.

The Bureau of Reclamation will also release its first forecast for water deliveries to Westside farmers on Friday.

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