Reclamation ups Central Valley Project water allocations

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  • Relief for CA farmers: Water allocations increased after storms improve conditions.
  • South-of-Delta limits: Allocations remain below contract amounts due to regulations.
  • Drought reserve created: Reclamation sets aside water to address future shortages.
  • North-of-Delta bump: Contractors north of the Delta get full water allocation.

The Bureau of ReclamationOpens in a new tab. increased 2024 water allocations for the Central Valley Project on Friday after February storms bolstered the supply outlook for Northern California.

However, despite the improved conditions, farmers and communities south of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta still face limits due to anticipated regulatory constraints during the spring.

Reclamation is taking steps to mitigate future drought by reserving a portion of the water supply in a drought reserve pool.


The Delta-Mendota Canal via the Bureau of Reclamation’s news release.


Since 1995, Deborah has owned and operated LegalTech LLC with a focus on water rights. Before moving to Arizona in 1986, she worked as a quality control analyst for Honeywell and in commercial real estate, both in Texas. She learned about Arizona's water rights from the late and great attorney Michael Brophy of Ryley, Carlock & Applewhite. Her side interests are writing (and reading), Wordpress programming and much more.

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