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No irrigation water again this year for Valley farmers

Fresno Bee

Date: 2/28/2015 12:08:00 AM

This year could be worse, farm officials said. East Valley farmers had never experienced a zero allocation from Millerton Lake, as they did last year. The water in Millerton was sent to a group of west Valley growers who have rights dating back to the

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Second drought nightmare will become official after federal water forecast

Fresno Bee

Date: 2/24/2015 11:34:00 PM

The bureau was forced to tap Millerton Lake last year for exchange contractor water. That left no water for the east-side growers — the first time that has ever happened to growers in the Friant Water Authority. A key to avoid tapping Millerton is the

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South Shore Trail at Millerton Lake Complete Trail Guide

Date: 2/23/2015 2:30:29 PM

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STEVE MERLO: Busy time for outdoors-related funraisers

Date: 2/19/2015 12:05:00 AM

Fortunately, there are some lakes up north that aren't nearly as affected as our local bodies of water. Millerton Lake, located just a little more than 2 hours from Bakersfield and only a few miles north of Fresno, is sitting at nearly 40 percent of capacity

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Farms face 2nd year without river water

The Modesto Bee

Date: 2/18/2015 4:23:00 PM

It also captures San Joaquin River water in Millerton Lake and sends it to the Valley’s east side. On the east side, farmer Harvey Bailey figures he will need to use his 65 wells to irrigate 1,100 acres of citrus and olive trees in the Orange Cove area

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• Surface Area: 5,000 Acres
• Volume: 520,528 Acre Feet
Millerton Lake is a lake near the town of Friant in Fresno County and Madera County, California, about 15 miles north of downtown Fresno, United States. It is formed by Friant Dam on the San Joaquin River. Part of the Central Valley Project, the dam was built by the United States Bureau of Reclamation and was completed in 1942. The lake stores water for irrigation, which is distributed by the Madera and Friant-Kern Canals to the San Joaquin Valley. It has a capacity of 520,528 acre feet (642,000,000 m³). Secondary uses include flood control and recreation, including swimming, fishing, water skiing and camping. A 25 MW hydroelectric plant operated by the Friant Power Authority produces electricity from large releases and two smaller plants use water released for a fish hatchery and to maintain minimum-flow in the river.

Prior to the construction of Friant Dam, the current lakebed was the site of the town of Millerton, the first county seat of Fresno County.
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