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Surplus delta water released to growers

The California Aqueduct at the Interstate 205 crossing. Photo by Wikipedia user IKluft.The California Aqueduct at the Interstate 205 crossing. Photo by Wikipedia user IKluft.Surplus federal water is headed to Central Valley farmers since it cannot be stored, announced the Bureau of Reclamation.

The so-called "Section 215" water is for users south of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, and is considered a temporary supply that cannot be stored in the San Luis Reservoir, which filled Jan. 2 with a federal share of 965,000 acre feet of water.

Central Valley Project water users, who in the past have faced decreased water supplies due to pumping restriction in the delta, will benefit from the Section 215 water, said Rep. Jim Costa (D-Fresno) in a statement.

“Following one of the driest Decembers on record, Reclamation responded to the needs of the Valley and made otherwise non-storable water available to contractors south of the Delta,” said Costa. “This decision is a win for our Valley farmers and makes good sense. I applaud the agency’s flexibility and responsiveness to the current conditions in our water system."