Following cuts in June to water right holders in the San Joaquin watershed, the State of California’s Water Boards issued another order that affects more than 5,000 water rights along the Sacramento River and its tributaries.
The Los Angeles Times reports that the cuts will not affect right holders having a priority that predates 1910, but thousands of farmers will nonetheless be affected at the height of the summer growing season. The curtailments are expected to reduce water diversions by about 789,000 acre-feet during July.
The State’s announcements can be found here.
The latest map from the Department of Water Resources shows that the State’s major reservoirs are all below historic averages.