From Western Fresno County
July 13, 2013
|Andrew Vargas and his father Arnaldo may have to quit farming
if there a zero allocation of water next season.
|Marty Acquistapace is worried about the
damage the well water with high salts and
boron is causing to his trees.
Marty Acquistapace has been farming 2,200 acres of almonds for Blackburn Farming Co., and its almond processor, Silver Creek Almond Co., all west of Mendota. Acquistapace joined the company eight years ago, when water was more plentiful. Due to the 2009 first biological opinion in 2009, water allocations started at an unprecedented zero, but following the historic water march it was raised to 10 percent in Westlands Water District. Then came 2010, 2011, and 2012 all at 40 percent allocations.