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Drought Means No U.S. Water Delivery for California Farmers

Author: Kristy

FEBRUARY 22, 2014

California groundwater and corn silage
The Bureau of Reclamation normally supplies water to 1 million people and a third of the irrigated farmland in California through a 500-mile network of canals and tunnels.

Farmers in California’s Central Valley, the world’s most productive agricultural region, will get none of the water they requested this year from a federally controlled system because of the drought gripping the state.

Feb. 21 — Farmers in California’s Central Valley, the world’s most productive agricultural region, will get none of the water they requested this year from a federally controlled system because of the drought gripping the state, the U.S. Interior Department’s Bureau of Reclamation said.

The bureau said in a statement it won’t be able to deliver any of the more than 2.4 million acre-feet of water sought by farmers. A state-controlled system last month said it, too, wouldn’t be able to deliver any of the 4 million acre-feet of water sought by local agencies. An acre-foot is the volume needed to cover an acre of land one foot deep with water.

Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for the world’s 10th largest economy last month after 2013 turned into the driest year on record, leaving reservoirs at dangerously low levels. The dwindling availability of water means farmers will fallow hundreds of thousands of acres, boosting food prices across the U.S. and leaving farm workers jobless. The state has identified 10 rural towns with less than 100 days of supply remaining.

“In this county alone, we’re in the billions of dollars of lost economic activity,” said Ryan Jacobsen, chief executive of the Fresno County Farm Bureau. “We do compete on a global scale, but the reality is that there very likely is going to be a shortage of certain commodities.”  READ MORE

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