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Valley Drought 2014: Zero Water Allocation From Feds

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FRESNO, Calif. (KMPH) -

Valley growers got the word from the Federal Bureau of Reclamation that they've been expecting for months.  The Bureau's initial allocation is zero water for farmers. 

Westside grower Joe Del Bosque farms almonds, spinach, cherries and cantaloupes.  He says, "My cantaloupe program is going to be very seriously reduced.  I may still grow some but there's gonna be a lot of crop reduction and a lot of food lost and jobs lost."

The Westlands Water District says the announcement comes as no surprise due to the record dry conditions experienced over the last twelve months, coupled with water supply reductions related to federal regulatory actions.

Westlands General Manager Tom Birmingham appealed to President Obama and Congress to capitalize on the efforts made over the last two weeks and expedite changes that will capture any new water that comes in the near future-water that could have a dramatic impact on communities and the ability of farms to survive the crisis.

 

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