January 27, 2010--U.S. speeds up water deliveries to San Joaquin Valley farmers (Los Angeles Times)

Federal managers said Tuesday they are speeding up delivery of irrigation water to farmers on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley because recent storms have boosted the state's water supply. "Essentially we're saying we're confident enough right now that we can provide this as an assured water supply . . . and it will give them a jump- start on this year's water season," said Deputy Interior Secretary David Hayes. West-side farmers suffered the greatest irrigation cutbacks last year, largely because of the state's three-year drought. But environmental limits on pumping from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta also played a role.

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