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DWR: Water Allocations Increased To 75%

The state’s water agency has announced an increase in allocations. The Department of Water Resources says it will increase the 2019 State Water Project allocation to 75 percent from 70 percent. The initial allocation in November was just 10 percent. The dramatic increase is due to the Winter’s robust storms resulted in above average snowpack and reservoir levels. The state’s reservoirs are above their historical average, due to the more than 30 atmospheric rivers since the start of the water year. The increase in water deliveries to the 29 SWP contractors will provide additional water supply for more than 27 Million Californians and 750,000 acres of farmland. Lake Oroville, the State Water Project’s largest reservoir, is currently at 98 percent of capacity. Lake Shasta, the Central Valley Project’s largest reservoir, is at 98 percent of capacity and 118 percent of average. Even in wet years, a 100 percent allocation is rare due to delta pumping restrictions to protect threatened and endangered fish species. The last time the project was able to allocate 100 percent was 2006. The 2019 allocation amounts to more than 3.1 Million acre-feet.