California farmers face more water cuts

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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 TimesOpens in a new tab. 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 hereOpens in a new tab..

The latest map from the Department of Water ResourcesOpens in a new tab. shows that the State’s major reservoirs are all below historic averages.


Since 1995, Deborah has owned and operated LegalTech LLC with a focus on water rights. Before moving to Arizona in 1986, she worked as a quality control analyst for Honeywell and in commercial real estate, both in Texas. She learned about Arizona's water rights from the late and great attorney Michael Brophy of Ryley, Carlock & Applewhite. Her side interests are writing (and reading), Wordpress programming and much more.

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