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State Water Allocation For Farmers Drops To Zero

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FRESNO, Calif. (KMPH) -

For the first time in the 54 year history of the state water project, water supplies for agriculture and urban users have been reduced to zero.  Water Resources Director Mark Cowin says everyone has to sacrifice.  "Today's actions mean everyone, farmers, fish, people and our cities and towns will get less water as a result but these actions will protect us better in the long run."

Last December the state's first water allocation projection was five percent.  Two months later things haven't improved and California is 2/3's of the way thru the wet season.  Cowin says the outlook isn't good.  "The state will have to experience heavy rainfall, snowfall every other day thru may just to get us back to average precipitation levels."

Zero water impacts everyone who rely's on state project water.  The list is long and includes various varieties of citrus, grapes plus stone fruit like peaches, plums and nectarines.  They are all permanent crops that can't be fallowed.

A number of foothill communities also tap into the state water system.   Orange Cove, Lindsay, Strathmore and Terra Bella could be in trouble if the drought doesn't end.

Governor Brown says Friday's action is a stark reminder that California's drought is real.  He urged Californians to voluntarily reduce their water usage by 20 percent.   

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