Reclamation Announces Increased Friant Division Water Supply Allocation

Media Contact: Jeffrey McCracken, 916-978-5100

For Release: May 24, 2007

Even with extremely dry conditions over the past few months and Sierra snowpack being less than half the April average, the Bureau of Reclamation announces that water supply allocations to agricultural contractors of the Friant Division (Central Valley Project (CVP)) increased from 50 percent to 60 percent in May 2007. There are no allocation changes for other CVP contractors.

The Friant Division deliveries for Water Year (WY) 2007 are projected to be 480,000 acre-feet or 38 percent of 1.25 million acre-feet, which is the Recent 5-Year Average Allocation.

The allocation for the Friant Division contractors was increased to 60 percent Class 1 water and 0 percent Class 2 water. The projected Friant Division delivery of 480,000 acre-feet is based on Department of Water Resources 90-percent probability of exceedence forecast dated May 15, 2007. As of May 22, 2007, precipitation in the San Joaquin River Basin was 22.96 inches for the WY compared to 62.67 inches this time last year.

Reclamation will continue to monitor hydrologic conditions and will announce updates to the CVP-wide allocations as conditions change.

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