U.S. Bureau of Reclamation expects to announce its initial allocation to Central Valley Project water users by Friday, the agency's Sacramento press office is telling me this morning.
Last year's initial allocation was announced Feb. 21, when the agency said it would have no water available for farms without senior water rights. Exchange contractors along the Sacramento River -- including the Anderson Cottonwood Irrigation District -- ended up getting about 65 percent of their normal allocations while other users still got none.
This year's allocation may not be much better despite improving reservoir levels and near-normal rainfall in many areas, because the state's snowpack water content is still just 19 percent of normal. As I've reported, the snowpack situation is a big deal.
I'll post the numbers on Facebook as soon as I get them. Any pertinent news releases will be posted here, and you can watch for my story with reaction from the ag sector at CapitalPress.com.