Tracks lead across a fallow field under which a crude oil pipeline passes near an oil field over the Monterey Shale formation where gas and oil extraction using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is on the verge of a boom on March 23, 2014 near Lost Hills, California. Critics of fracking in California cite concerns over water usage and possible chemical pollution of ground water sources as California farmers are forced to leave unprecedented expanses of fields fallow in one of the worst droughts in California history. Concerns also include the possibility of earthquakes triggered by the fracking process which injects water, sand and various chemicals under high pressure into the ground to break the rock to release oil and gas for extraction though a well. The 800-mile-long San Andreas Fault runs north and south on the western side of the Monterey Formation in the Central Valley and is thought to be the most dangerous fault in the nation. Proponents of the fracking boom saying that the expansion of petroleum extraction is good for the economy and security by developing more domestic energy sources and increasing gas and oil exports. (credit: David McNew/Getty Images)
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say they are capturing rain falling in the storm lashing California to be used later in what’s expected to be a very dry year.
Mark Cowin of the California Department of Water Resources said Tuesday that state and federal officials expect to pump water from the San Joaquin Delta for storage in reservoirs during the next week — or possibly two — depending on the amount of rain that falls.
California is in its third dry year, and Gov. Jerry Brown in January declared a drought emergency.
The added pumping won’t violate strict regulations protecting endangered fish, and officials say it also won’t cause salty ocean water to flood back into the Delta.
Officials said that many Central Valley farmers will get no irrigation water despite the pumping.
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