FRESNO, Calif. (AP) – Water agencies that supply millions of California residents and farmers will be getting more water this year, thanks to a wet spring and high reservoir storage. The state Department of Water Resources said Monday that State Water Project contractors can expect to get 60 percent of their requested water, 10 percent more than earlier estimates. On Friday, the Bureau of Reclamation, which runs the federal Central Valley Project, said its agricultural water contractors on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley should expect to receive 40 percent of the water they requested. Even in wet years it’s difficult to receive 100 percent of requested water because of pumping restrictions to protect threatened and endangered fish.
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