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TID to consider 48-inch irrigation allotment, no cap

POSTED April 16, 2010 9:53 p.m.
On Tuesday, the Turlock Irrigation District Board of Directors will consider approving a proposed 48-inch-per-acre irrigation water allotment with no cap.
The 2010 TID allotment will cost $26 per acre. Beyond the allotment, growers will be charged $15 for the first acre-foot and $20 per acre-foot thereafter.
The proposed 2010 allotment is larger than in 2009, when directors initially approved a 33-inch allotment at $23 per acre, with 15 additional acre-inches available. As a result of the rainier than expected end to the 2009 season, however, that allotment was ultimately increased to 48 inches for $23 per acre, with a cap of 54 inches.
According to the State Department of Water Resources April 1 Water Conditions in California report, statewide precipitation and snowpack levels are at 105 percent of normal for this point in the year, better than the 80 percent mark hit a year ago. Statewide water runoffs, to date, sit at 65 percent of normal, 10 percent better than a year ago.
The San Joaquin hydrologic region is at 100 percent of average precipitation. The Tuolumne River, TID’s primary source of irrigation water, currently stands at 95 percent of average to date snowmelt runoff.
To contact Alex Cantatore, e-mail acantatore@turlockjournal.com or call 634-9141 ext. 2005.

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