Press Release of U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer

For Immediate Release:
April 15, 2010  
Contact:
Washington D.C. Office (202) 224-3553

Boxer Statement on Water Supply Announcement for California Farmers  

Washington, D.C. – U. S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) today praised the U.S. Department of the Interior’s announcement that the Bureau of Reclamation’s 2010 Central Valley Project Water Supply allocations continue to increase throughout the San Joaquin and Sacramento valleys. The increase results from additional precipitation and improved snowpack and runoff.

Senator Boxer said, “Water supplies are still limited, but they are moving in the right direction. I anticipate the Bureau will take other measures to increase water supplies to west side of the San Joaquin Valley.”

Based on a 90 percent forecast, farmers in the west San Joaquin Valley will be allocated 30 percent of their contract water supply and farmers in the Sacramento Valley will be allocated 100 percent of their contract water supply. Both of those allocations are up from March. Supplies have also increased for eastside farmers in the Friant Division.

Last month, at the urging of Senator Boxer, Senator Dianne Feinstein, and Congressmen Jim Costa and Dennis Cardoza, the Bureau of Reclamation released its March allocation information early so that farmers could make informed planting decisions. It also agreed to take a series of other measures to provide additional supplies to the west side of the San Joaquin Valley.

Additional information regarding the allocations, including water supply forecasts, is available at www.usbr.gov/mp/pa/water.