California regulators approve farmers' plan to reduce water usage by 25 percent
Water regulators in California this week approved a deal set forth by farmers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta who voluntarily agreed to cut their water usage this upcoming season. The deal only applies to delta farmers who own land near a river or stream and have rights to channel water to that land, The New York Times reports. Farmers with established water rights like this have not faced state-mandated restrictions since the 1970s.
The farmers agreed to cut their water usage by a quarter in the June to September growing season. The move was preemptive — an effort to avoid more severe cuts later in the season. Because the agreement was made with just a small number of farmers, it’s unlikely to affect the state’s water supply…
Source:: The Verge