Farmers in the western part of the San Joaquin valley will receive 5% of their water allocation from the Central Valley Project. That's the word from the federal Bureau of Reclamation.
If it’s an April fool’s joke, farmers, water managers and Fresno County leaders aren’t laughing.
After two years of zero percent allocation, the Bureau announced that this year, despite El Nino conditions, many growers on the valley’s west side, will only get five percent of their promised water.
Farmer Sal Parra says the announcement is a gut punch.