Water delivery: Good news for all but west-side farmers

There was good news today for every federal water customer in the San Joaquin Valley -- except for west-side farmers.

Summer delivery forecasts increased for east-Valley farmers, the city of Fresno, farmers with historic rights to the San Joaquin River and some small cities on the Valley’s west side.

February rain and snow storms boosted reservoirs and the Sierra snowpack closer to average levels. East-side farms and Fresno seemed to benefit the most -- the allocation jumping from 25% to 65% of average.

But Westlands Water District and other similar west-side farm customers were told they could not expect any federal water this summer. It would be the first zero allocation ever for west siders on the Central Valley Project.