Central Valley Water District With Ties to Trump Admin Poised to Receive Huge Federal Contract

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Sunlight seeps through an almond grove in the Westlands Water District in 2014. Plantings of nut trees in Westlands climbed even during California’s brutal recent drought.(Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

Sunlight seeps through an almond grove in the Westlands Water District in 2014. Plantings of nut trees in Westlands climbed even during California’s brutal recent drought.(Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

Westlands Water District, a sprawling San Joaquin Valley farm district with ties to the Trump administration, is poised to get a permanent entitlement to a massive quantity of cheap federal irrigation supplies.

Westlands is the first in line to permanently lock in its contract for Central Valley Project deliveries under a 2016 law. Other valley farm districts are expected to follow, but as the project’s biggest customer, Westlands arguably has the most to gain.

The deal would entitle Westlands to annual deliveries that are roughly double what the entire city of Los Angeles uses in a year.

There is no guarantee it will get that, since Westlands is low in the federal project’s pecking order and is among the first cut in times of shortage. Since 1990, it has received its full allotment in only four years.

Read the full story on LATimes.com

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