Growers Worry over Revoking of 5 Percent Allocation

Fecha de publicación: 08/04/2021
Fuente: California Agriculture Today
Revoking/Postponing of 5 Percent Allocation is Worrying Growers
By Patrick Cavanaugh, with Ag Information Network
The US Bureau of Reclamation’s, recent revoking of the earlier announced 5% allocation for federal water users is a great concern for many tree nut growers farming in those districts, Ryan Jacobsen is CEO and executive director of the Fresno County Farm Bureau. He said even that new biological opinion is not working out well.
“Yeah, but you know, the inflexibility of those, during this time in which those are being challenged,” said Jacobsen. “And so, we are currently living with what we have in existence and the unfortunate nature of this whole thing right now is that there are people that will suffer from this. There are people that will lose jobs that crops will not be planted because this is a very significant development. That’s going to continue to hammer our, Western side of the County .”
And it wasn’t a big, robust year of rain and snow, but it wasn’t like California got nothing. In fact, in Northern California, they got 51% of average precipitation and the snowpack levels are at 63% of average. And it was hoping that that earlier 5% allocation announcement would move to 10 or 15% somewhere around April 1st.
“Yeah, our hope was based on the fact that there was the potential for some additional storms to still come in,” Jacobsen said.
And some moderate storms actually did come in, but it just wasn’t enough.
“What’s used in the water world is the April 1st average. Typically, that’s the snowpack number up and down the state. And so obviously we’re, we’re quickly approaching that at this point,” noted Jacobsen.
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