This is part of the confluence of the Stanislaus, Merced, Tuolumne and San Joaquin Rivers, down the San Joaquin Valley of California. Once not too far back the central valley rivers, fed by melting Sierra snowpacks, naturally flooded every spring like this creating a vast wetland that persisted in shrinking glory till the next wet season.
First rule of farming? Complain about everything, blame everyone else for your mistakes.
Central Valley farmers learned Tuesday they will get a full allocation of water this year for the first time since 2006. But their celebrations were muted.
Just a year ago those districts got a 5 percent allotment, and three weeks ago the farmers were told their deliveries might not top 65 percent this year.
The announcement came four days after Gov. Jerry Brown declared an official end to the drought practically everywhere in California.
Farm groups said they were pleased with the increase in CVP water deliveries but said the announcement came too late for some growers.
“You don’t want to bite the hand that feeds you, but it’s a reality of farming that the decisions for the growing season are made months ago,” said Johnny Amaral, deputy general manager of the sprawling Westlands Water District in Fresno. “There’s reason to celebrate, (but) my only hope is that we could have had this announcement earlier.”
More complaints from the Department of Agriculture Water Wasters:
After five years of drought, this spring’s deluge has turned California’s “Salad Bowl” into a soggy agricultural mess. That’s created stratospheric prices for lettuce, broccoli and other salad ingredients grown along California’s coast.
A crazy California winter, with a mix of unseasonably warm weather and a series of drenching rains, has confounded farmers and produced gyrating prices for consumers across the country. The wholesale price of iceberg lettuce grown in California has risen sixfold since January, while broccoli has quadrupled; conditions are expected to persist for several more weeks.