Rainfall season ends; district, growers work to maximize resources during dry years
by Nathan Duckworth
Jul 17, 2014 | 1344 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The 2013-14 rainfall season, which ran from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014, recently ended, bringing a total of 6.06 inches of rain to the area, as measured by the West Stanislaus Irrigation District (WSID).

Total rainfall for the previous two seasons are 7.58 for 2012-13 and 5.22 for 2011-12.

The calendar year of 2013 was the driest since the formation of WSID, whose records date back to 1929; the region saw just 3.29 inches, far below the yearly average of 10.25.

Since Jan. 2014, 4.95 inches of rain have been recorded.

WSID covers about 22,500 acres on the west side of the San Joaquin River, which is its primary supply of irrigation water.

This is supplemented by its Central Valley Project (CVP) contract, according to WSID general manager Robert Pierce, and groundwater is utilized as a last resort.

Pierce said that projects to improve water-delivery efficiency and to collect tailwater runoff have been implemented in preparation for low-surface-water conditions.

The district has also cut all non-critical expenses to account for low water deliveries.

Local growers are working with the district to get the most out of local water resources, senior water right assignments, CVP supply from the Delta-Mendota Canal and minimal groundwater.

Dry years bring with them poor water quality for irrigation, the effects of which are beginning to show in some of the region’s permanent crops, according to Pierce.

“The real economic impacts to the local area won’t be known until next year,” said Pierce.

West Stanislaus Rainfall 2013-14


July: 0.00

August: 0.00

September: 0.21

October: 0.00

November: 0.70

December: 0.20

January: 0.33

February: 2.43

March: 1.43

April: 0.76

May: 0.00

June: 0.00

TOTAL: 6.06

Nathan Duckworth can be reached at 209-892 6187 ext. 24 or nathan@pattersonirrigator.com
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