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ACID looks at selling water to San Joaquin Valley farmers

Coalition response… Short-term transfers are a time-tested tool used to improve water management and send water from areas with available supplies to those areas in need. Transfers are automatically reviewed by the California Department of Water Resources to guarantee that areas of origin are not harmed. A portion of the transferred water will remain in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta for enhancement of the Delta environment. The proposed ACID transfer will undergo the same stringent review process.

The benefits of approved transfers are two-fold: (1) districts sending the water receive funding that would not otherwise be available for improvements to their system without increasing fees to local water users and (2) areas receive the water are able to reduce shortfalls in deliveries to their users.

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