El Niño Did Few Favors For Southern California’s Farmers

El Niño Did Few Favors For Southern California’s Farmers
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This winter’s El Niño has been a godsend for California. After years of crippling drought, the state’s reservoirs are overflowing, snow pack is barely below average, and the government is finally easing up on some of its careful water restrictions. Oh, but, about that last one … ignore it if you’re one of a subset of farmers living in the fertile but arid San Joaquin Valley. Is this a freaking joke? “We’re the federal government, we do not play April Fool’s Day,” says Shane Hunt, public affairs official for the US Bureau of Reclamation’s mid-Pacific region. Today, the water-regulating bureau announced its 2016 allocations. And for farmers with the geographic misfortune of owning land south of …

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