The LA Times: On eve of storms, California water authorities boost State Water Project allocation to 35%

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California is increasing its water allocation to 35% of requested supplies, up from 30%, due to early gains in the Sierra Nevada snowpack, which equates to an additional 210,000 acre-feet of water. The State Water Project, a system of reservoirs, canals, and dams, is a significant component of California’s water system. However, officials cautioned that the allocation could decrease if extremely dry conditions occur. The announcement comes as California faces another round of winter storms, which officials hope will help return wet weather. Last year, California only received a 5% allocation due to a prolonged drought. The Central Valley Project, which spans around 400 miles, is also increasing its allocation for its contractors. The project pumps water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta near the intakes of the State Water Project. The full article by Monte Morrin can be read here on The Los Angeles Times.

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