Los Banos, Calif., (March 2, 2017) – (The following is a statement by Executive Director Jason Peltier of the San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority on 2017 CVP Allocation Announcement)
“There are few words left to describe our reaction to this year’s unusual allocation announcement for South of Delta Central Valley Project water users. Some areas are receiving a 100 percent allocation while others in the immediate vicinity will have to wait weeks to find out what their 2017 water supply will be.
Federal fishery agencies have completely hijacked the water supply system that was built for the purpose of supplying water to farms and numerous communities, and have rendered it impossible for our partners at the US Bureau of Reclamation to operate it as intended.
“There are two months left in the rainy system and California reservoirs are already brim full and making flood releases. The state is on track for the wettest year on record. There is almost nowhere to store additional water and yet our federal partners have been unable to figure out how to share nature’s abundance between ever increasing environmental demands and the water users who are paying for the system.
“The delays and miniscule allocations that have plagued the system over the last 20 years have real consequences for people and the economy. We must return some sense of balance to the system. “