California water allocation forecast hits record-low level
Besides the 29 local agencies that purchase water from the State Water Project, a separate group of Sacramento Valley farm districts whose rights to delta water predate construction of the State Water Project - and are thus guaranteed - could see their deliveries cut in half for the year, the agency warned.
Deliveries to the so-called "settlement contractors" were last reduced in 1992.
The other major supplier of water from the delta - and a more important one for California farmers producing over half of the fruit, vegetables and nuts grown in the United States - is the federal government's Bureau of Reclamation.
That agency is slated to announce its initial allocation from the Central Valley Project next month, and it too is expected to be dismal.
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