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Top Dollars For Water
The offer from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and others to buy water from the Sacramento Valley for $700 per acre-foot reflects how dire the situation is as the state suffers through its fourth year of drought. In 2010 — also a drought year — it bought water but only paid between $244 and $300 for the same amount. The district stretches from Los Angeles to San Diego County.
The offer is a hard one to turn down for farmers like Tennis, who also sits on the Western Canal Water District Board. Farmers can make around $900 an acre, after costs, growing rice, Tennis said. But because each acre of rice takes a little more than 3 acre-feet of water, they could make around $2,100 by selling the water that would be used.
The water purchase may be cancelled in some areas if the selling districts end up with shortages of their own. If the Western Canal Water District doesn't get a full allotment of water from the state, the deal is off, Trimble said.
The Washington Department of Ecology has requested $9 million in drought relief from the legislature. The money would pay for agricultural and fisheries projects, emergency water-right permits, changes to existing water rights, and grant water-right transfers.
originally posted by: SlapMonkey
a reply to: FarleyWayne
If you are growing a crop that is so heavily dependent upon water, such as rice, should you farm it somewhere that has an overabundance of water?
originally posted by: ketsuko
a reply to: SlapMonkey
They used to grow it in the coastal areas before cotton.