California farmer’s received the worst possible news today.
Federal officials announced that many California farmers caught in the state's drought can expect to receive NO irrigation water this year from a vast system of rivers, canals and reservoirs in California.
Central Valley farmers received only 20 percent of their normal water allotment last year. Some communities and endangered wildlife that rely on the federal water source will also suffer deep cuts. A third of the countries fruits and vegetables are produced in the Central Valley.
California officials who manage the State Water Project, the state's other major water system, have already said they won't be releasing any water for farmers, marking a first in its 54-year history.
Farmers are leaving half a million acres unplanted.
So let’s do a rain dance people. Rain every day for a solid month would be a nice start.
Last Saturday, Feb. 15th, I went out to Lexington Reservoir and Guadalupe Reservoir in the South Bay. Here are a few pictures of what those reservoirs look like. And this is after we received about 5 days of rain. Mind you, I am photographing the driest parts of the reservoirs. There was still some water left in them, but not much.