Friday, June 12, 2015

Bone-dry California orders largest water cuts to farmers on record

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Drought-stricken California on Friday ordered the largest cuts on record to farmers holding some of the state's strongest water rights.

State water officials told more than 100 senior rights holders in California's Sacramento, San Joaquin and delta watersheds to stop pumping from those waterways

The move by the State Water Resources Control Board marked the first time that California has forced large numbers of holders of senior water rights to curtail use. Those rights holders include water districts that serve thousands of farmers and others.

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