Costa Statement on the Bureau of Reclamation’s Initial 2021 Central Valley Project Water Allocation Announcement

Feb 23, 2021
Press Release

(FRESNO) - Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) released the following statement after the Bureau of Reclamation announced its initial 2021 water supply allocation for Central Valley Project contractors: 

"Though not surprising following another year of dry weather, these allocations are simply not enough to sustain our farming communities and the people who live there. Jobs, schools, and economic conditions – all in the middle of a pandemic -- will be severely impacted," said Costa. "Along with the unpredictable weather patterns of Climate Change, today’s announcement makes it clear that more needs to be done. That’s why I've called repeatedly for state and federal officials to work out their differences over the biological opinions and complete voluntary agreements to create more water certainty for the people of California. As the Valley begins to plan how to cope with another dry year, it is important that water transfers and other mitigation efforts are approved rapidly."

This year’s low allocation is an indicator of the dry winter California is experiencing after the dry water year of 2020. The Bureau announced a 5% allocation for South of Delta agricultural contractors, 20% for Class 1 Friant contractors and 75% for the San Joaquin River Exchange Contractors.