May 21, 2015

State: Farms Must Stop Pumping from San Joaquin River Watershed

SACRAMENTO (KRON) — State regulators are ordering farmers to stop pumping from the San Joaquin River watershed for the first time in memory.

At a public drought hearing, state water board engineer Kathy Mrowka said that curtailment orders will be sent to so-called senor rights holders on Friday. These farmers have had rights to rivers and streams for centuries, and have the oldest rights in the state.

The mandatory order for rights holders will be the first in California since the 1970’s. They will be the first in memory to the senior water-rights holders along the San Joaquin River.

State officials have already ordered conservation measures for cities, towns and some other farmers.

Friday’s orders will be the start of expected across-the-board cuts for the state’s most senior rights holders.

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