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Published April 16, 2010, 08:24 AM

Feds to deliver more water to California farms

WASHINGTON — Federal water managers are boosting deliveries to cities and farms throughout California’s Central Valley.

WASHINGTON — Federal water managers are boosting deliveries to cities and farms throughout California’s Central Valley.

The announcement Thursday by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar comes after a series of spring storms grew the snowpack in the Sierra Nevada.

Contractors north of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta will get 100 percent of their total allocations. That’s double than what they were expecting.

Farmers south of the delta will get 30 percent of their water requests — up from 25 percent promised earlier this year.

Salazar says water is still short for farms south of the delta because three consecutive years of drought have left storage supplies low. Their water also is being curtailed by pump-ing restrictions in the delta intended to protect delta smelt, salmon and steelhead.

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