Drought Emergency to Be Declared
January 9, 2014
Breaking News, But not Unexpected
Governor Brown to Declare Drought Emergency Within 3 Weeks
According to the California Farm Water Coalition There are other things that can be done to alleviate the effects of drought. Strict water supply cuts a year ago prevented water managers from storing more than 800,000 acre-feet of water in San Luis Reservoir, west of Los Banos. Instead, that water went out to the ocean with no measurable environmental benefit.
Federal fishery agencies have the discretion to allow a more realistic amount of pumping of water that flows through the Delta.
Last year's lost water could have irrigated 200,000 to 400,000 acres of farmland or served the annual water supply needs of more than 4 million people. Storing water when we have it is the key to having water during dry years like this.