Drought-ridden California faces decision on new water cuts
FRESNO- Farmers along the river delta at the heart of California agriculture expect to get an answer on their surprise offer to give up a quarter of their water this year in exchange for being spared deeper mandatory cutbacks.
Regulators with the state Water Resources Control Board promised a decision Friday on the proposal by a group of farmers along the delta of the Sacramento-San Joaquin rivers - a rare concession by holders of some of California's strongest water rights.
For the first time since a 1977 drought, California regulators are warning of coming curtailments for such senior water-rights holders whose claims date back a century or more.
Earlier in the current drought, the state mandated 25 percent conservation by cities and towns and curtailed water deliveries to many farmers and communities with less solid claims to water.