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Record precipitation in 2022-23 led to flooding in spring 2023 as deep snow that fell in the Sierra mountains melted; some levees that were weakened by years of dry weather and animals burrowing holes in them broke. The State Water Project offered 100 percent allocations to its 29 public agencies and farmers with 750,000 acres for the first time since 2006, and the federal Central Valley Project offered 100 percent of promised water allocations for the first time since 2017.
Tulare Lake, once the largest body of freshwater west of the Mississippi, re-emerged in 2023. Water covered 168 square miles in summer 2023, reducing the acreage devoted to cotton and other crops, as snow melt from the Kern, Tule, Kaweah and Kings rivers prevented planting on the land south of Corcoran. Tulare Lake re-appeared in 1969, 1983, and 1997, which were also wet years.