Federal water officials might not give a drop this year

State water project not releasing any water

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - This morning local farmers and growers are bracing for another hit; not from mother nature but from the federal government.

The Bureau of Reclamation is expected to announce they will not be divvying up any of their reservoirs to anyone they might have agreements with due to the historic drought. 

Last year, Westland farmers received 20% of what is considered normal while endangered fish got 100% of their designated water. 

Executive Director of the Kern County Farm Bureau, Benjamin McFarland, said, "yeah we don't have snow, yeah we don't have rain but this problem is only exacerbated by the environmental restrictions and rulings in place that are instead of water coming down south to the central valley and Los Angeles and San Diego it's flowing right now into the ocean because of a tiny little fish". 

The state water project has already announced they will not be releasing any water, it's the first time in the programs 54-year history. 

McFarland warns this drought coupled with a slow solution could end up costing you.

"The fruits and vegetables that you're used to seeing in the markets may not be there anymore of they might be extremely expensive", McFarland explained. 

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