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State, Federal Officials Roll Out Plan to Combat Drought

Posted Friday, April 11th 2014 @ 6am  by KFBK News - Joe Michaels

State and federal government officials are rolling out a plan to combat effects of the drought.

The California Department of Water Resources and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation unveiled the battle plan, which includes calling for the further loosening of water quality rules in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

"Well the overall goal of the Drought Operations Plan is to ensure the continuance of having enough water to meet human needs and environmental needs," DWR Spokesman Doug Carlson said. 

Carlson says the loosening of the rules would permit agencies to keep river flows low in order to preserve as much water as possible in upstream reservoirs.  

The plan also includes more hatchery breeding of endangered winter-run Chinook salmon.  

It does not, however, increase water delivery allocations, which had been earlier planned for agricultural and municipal agencies across the state.


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