State Increases Water Supplies To Farmers During Drought

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Some California farmers will be getting more water during the drought.
The Department of Water Resources announced today (Wednesday, 3.18) that the State Water Project will offer more deliveries because of dry conditions.
Water Resources meteorologist Elissa Lynn says the allocation is increasing to 20-percent.  She says recent rains barely quenched California’s thirst…
0318 Elissa Lynn  Cut  Time: 14 seconds “there were several storms we had in late February into March but really not everything that we need, in fact we estimate that we need nearly twice again as much rain and snow that fell at that time this spring in order to get our storms back to normal storage…”
Lynn says snow runoff in California is currently estimated around 65-percent of normal.    Weekend rains are possible in parts of the state. 
But, state officials say California’s reservoirs are nearly as low as a record setting dry year in 1991.