No 5% Water Til Sept. 1!!
We aren't the kind to go looking for conspiracy theories, but if you get the Fresno Bee you didn't get this key piece of information.
Apr 22, 2014
Below is a portion of an article from the Hanford Sentinel. It concerns the 5% water allocation announced Friday by the Department of Water Resources for the State Water Project. There's some good information there, and one key sentence, "But there’s a hitch: It can’t be used until Sept. 1." The water isn't available until Sept. 1!! Huh??
Is this a key piece of information? Seems like. If you get the Hanford Sentinel you got the full story and this key part of the story. We aren't the kind to go looking for conspiracy theories, but if you get the Fresno Bee you didn't get this key piece of information.
Why would this be? Here are some guesses:
1. They missed it.
2. They didn't think it was important.
3. They didn't care.
4. They didn't have enough room due to advertising considerations.
5. They thought it would put a damper on what little good news the story brought.
Your guess is as good as ours. Who knows? Maybe the Bee will let us know!
From the Hanford Sentinel:
According to Cowin, the 5 percent will allow some flexibility in making water exchanges between the drier San Joaquin Valley and the significantly wetter Sacramento Valley.
But there’s a hitch: It can’t be used until Sept. 1. The reason? According to Cowin, the stored water in San Luis Reservoir can’t get too low or the water quality will degrade, including with possible algae blooms this summer. San Luis supplies agricultural and urban contractors, including San Jose.
Ideally, local farmers could take some pressure off groundwater wells during the hottest part of the summer in July and August. The delay until Sept. 1 precludes that.
“It of course creates a little bit of a bottleneck for folks who might use it this year,” Cowin said.
The extra bit of precious water amounts to 4,374 acre-feet for Tulare Lake Basin Water Storage District, according to district General Manager Mark Gilkey.
Gilkey said the extra water gives a little bit of breathing room, either to make trades or to use directly when it becomes available. Some growers might be able to obtain water during the heat of the summer from north of the delta in exchange for the 5 percent.
“Any increase in allocation is welcome,” Gilkey said. “This is a little late on that, but it helps.”
Still, the amount is so small, it’s not going to put much of a dent in the huge groundwater overdraft problem that is slowly wiping out available supplies in the Valley.
“I guess a person should be thankful for anything they can get, but it sure seems like a little amount of water too late in the season to do anything,” said Joe Neves, a Kings County supervisor.
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