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As drought continues, feds won’t seize water

Federal officials assure California farmers they won't take water to fulfill other obligatioins.

Published on January 31, 2014 9:48AM

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Farmers on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley are breathing a sigh of relief after federal officials said they won’t seize water in the San Luis Reservoir intended for the farmers’ crops.

The Fresno Bee reports (http://bit.ly/1n2FxDp ) the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation had been considering taking the water to fulfill obligations to other farm water contractors who have more senior rights to water. But bureau leaders Thursday told Rep. David Valadao, R-Hanford, that the water would not be taken.

Dropping reservoir levels across the state has led to struggles over water set aside via the Central Valley Project, a federally run network of reservoirs, pumping plants and canals.

That included about 340,000 acre-feet of water stored at San Luis Reservoir.

Farmers and lawmakers of both parties had urged officials not to redirect the water.


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