jeff sarrattThe Department of Water Resources announced Wednesday afternoon that the State Water Project will increase water allocation to 30 percent of contracted amounts.This comes as a result of California’s recent storms and precipitation.”A 30 percent SWP allocation is not enough for all the needs of Kern County growers, but could mean a less likelihood of running out of water this year. We are hopeful the allocations will continue to improve during the remainder of this water year,” Kern County Water Agency Board of Directors President Ted Page said in a press release.

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Workers drill for water for a farmer on February 6, 2014 near Bakersfield, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Officials said more rain could mean another increase but if the extended dry weather continues it would force an allocation reduction. Because there is only one resource conservationist in most counties, conservation work with farmers, such as cover crops, irrigation, and conservation programs, would fall on the already full plates of the NRCS staff. Also analysis and consultations with new businesses in areas where flood plains and stream and waterway protection are issues. The State Water Project, a system of reservoirs, canals and pipelines, delivers water to 25 million Californians and vast farmland. jeff sarratt

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