WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rep. Denham March 26 issued the following statement in response to the “ridiculous allocation numbers” released by the Bureau of Reclamation yesterday.
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The 55 percent allocation level for south-of-Delta agricultural water service contractors is below the 20-year average final allocation of 62 percent and shows the severity of the water crisis in the Central Valley.
“It is ridiculous that farmers will only receive 55 percent of the water allocated to them in their contracts this year,” said Denham. “With reservoirs in flood operations and 300,000 acre-feet of water flowing from the Delta into the Pacific Ocean on a daily basis, it is inexcusable that farmers south of the Delta are not receiving 100 percent allocation. The administration’s support of extreme environmental policies has hampered the farmers and families of the Central Valley for too long. The time for inaction is over. In order to bolster the economic growth and create jobs we must get our priorities straight and bring water to the valley.”