Despite the fact that California is experiencing its driest year in recorded history, federal officials announced that farmers across the state will not receive irrigation water from canals, reservoirs, or rivers.

No Federal Water for California Farmers

As a result of the drought conditions, approximately half a million acres are being left unplanted in California this year. Although farmers have been prepared to use less water this year, the inability to tap federal water puts more of a strain on their crops and livestock.  

For the first time in over 50 years, the State Water Project, a major water system in California, will not be giving any water to farmers.

Steve Chedester, executive director of The Water Authority said that the farmers do understand the severity of the drought, but are still worrying about how they’re going to obtain enough water to get by.

And, farmers aren’t the only ones hit hard by the drought. According to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, companies that provide water to California cities will only be able to use 50 percent of their usual supply, and wildlife refuges that protect endangered species will only be allowed to receive 40 percent.

The Bureau will continue to monitor rain and snowfall and look for other ways to distribute water throughout the state. But for now, all of those living in the state of California are feeling the full effects of the drought. 

Posted by Lindsay Page on Feb 25, 2014

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