2.22.2012 Costa Urges Regulatory Flexibility to Maximize Water Flowing to Valley

Let’s Not Make a Bad Situation Worse

 

Fresno, CA – Congressman Jim Costa released the following statement in response to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announcement today of a federal water allocation of 30% for south of Delta agriculture water service contractors. In light of recent dry conditions in California, the 2012 Federal Water Allocation Outlook is far lower than last year’s initial forecast of 45% for growers on the Westside of the San Joaquin Valley.

“In light of a bone dry winter, there will be less water in the entire system this year,” said Costa. “Regulatory flexibility is critical  to maximizing the water supply for our Valley. Water is the lifeblood of our region and every drop of water we receive helps put people to work. I will continue to insist that federal agencies work with water users to ease regulatory restrictions so they don’t repeat the mistakes of 2009 and make a bad situation worse.” 

 

Water forecasts and initial allocations often improve as the water year develops. During 2010, Costa – along with other Valley lawmakers and leaders – was able to press the Administration to increase the initial allocation of 5% to more than 40% by the end of the water year through a series of administrative actions.

“We’re going to do all that we can to make sure that the Valley gets its fair share,” said Costa. "Despite efforts to make good use of storage, Valley farmers cannot take an allocation this low to the bank. We have increased the water supply in dry years before, and I hope that working together we can do it again this year.”

 

Today’s announcement is the first official water allocation of Water Year 2012 for the Central Valley Project. Water supply updates are made monthly and can be found on Reclamation’s website at http://www.usbr.gov/mp/pa/water.

Reclamation’s press release announcing the Initial 2012 Water Projections for the Central Valley Project can be found here.