A California judge has rejected a challenge by a farmers’ group to agricultural water cuts sought by state regulators during the drought.
The California water board has proposed the first-of-its-kind, $1.5 million fine for water-taking during the drought.
California has issued its first cease and desist order telling an irrigation district to stop pumping water under this year’s tightened drought regulations.
CropX allows farmers to use wireless sensors that send soil readings to the cloud and the startup’s software determines how much water different areas of the field need.
Drought-stricken California has ordered the largest cuts on record to farmers holding some of the state’s strongest water rights.
Weeks after he declared a state of emergency, Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration set aside $687 million to help house farmworkers and others struggling in drought-devastated counties. Nearly half of it has not been awarded or spent.
A new forecast says the economic impact of California’s drought will grow by $500 million in 2015, to $2.7 billion.
The farmers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta east of San Francisco proposed the deal to spare themselves deeper mandatory cuts later.
The State Water Resources Control Board has accepted an historic offer by farmers to make a 25 percent voluntary water cut to avoid deeper losses later.
Regulators are ordering farmers with California’s oldest water rights to stop pumping from the San Joaquin River watershed for the first time in memory.