Recent storms are a welcome development after three straight years of extreme drought conditions in the state. Precipitation in many regions is running well above normal to date, but the weather year just got started and we have a long way to go.
The Department of Water Resources announced a meager 10 percent initial water allocation for State Water Project customers in 2015, meaning they expect water users from the Bay Area to San Diego to receive only one-tenth of their water supply for the coming year.
A study released by the State Treasurer’s office found that financing of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) would be affordable for the 25 million water users and 3 million acres of farmland that stand to benefit from the water supplies the plan would secure.
The study identifies the ability of State Water Project and Central Valley Project water users to pay for the construction and mitigation of the water delivery conveyance system prescribed by the BDCP, which would not rely on any taxpayer funding from the state.