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California water managers increase deliveries

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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, April 23, 2010
By Megan Hansen

California’s water managers are increasing deliveries to California's cities and farms, saying recent storms have boosted supplies. Today the state Department of Water Resources reported the snowpack has grown to more than 130 percent of normal for this time of year. That means water suppliers will receive 30 percent of their water requests…up from 20 percent promised earlier this month. Mike Young is a fourth generation farmer in Kern County. He says the extra water is always needed… but it’s still not enough.    
Young: “In some senses it’s almost too little too late, because a lot of people have had to make planting decisions three months ago, when we didn’t have the comfort to know that we might even have water, and banks weren’t lending to grow a crop.”
Last year, farmers and cities received 40 percent of their share. But state officials say they cannot provide full water deliveries this year because the rain and snowfall were not enough to reverse three years of drought.
Meanwhile, the April storms that helped maintain the snowpack in the Sierra are also providing a cushion for the Reno area’s summer water supply. And the National Weather Service says more snow is possible next week when another wave of unsettled weather moves into the region.

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