Drought Prompts State to Order Halt to California Delta Water Drawdowns by Rights HoldersThe State Water Resources Control Board ordered thousands of water rights holders, including farms and cities, to stop drawing water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta on Friday.
Western States Face Reckoning Over Water but Avoid Cuts for Now Amid prolonged drought and climate change in a region that's only getting thirstier, when that reckoning will arrive — and how much time remains to prepare for it — is still a guess.
Court Blocks Water Cutbacks For Some California Farmers A judge ruled Friday that California regulators violated some farmers' rights by telling them to stop diverting from rivers and streams, but the state says it can still punish those who illegally take water during the drought.
Farmers, Water Districts Not Complying With State Order To Stop Taking Water From RiversMost of the farmers and irrigation districts ordered by the state to stop pumping water from rivers and streams because of the drought are not complying.
California Farmers Ordered To Stop Pumping From San Joaquin River WatershedRegulators are ordering farmers with California’s oldest water rights to stop pumping from the San Joaquin River watershed for the first time in memory.
Amid Record Drought, Group Of California Farmers Offer To Give Up 25 Percent Of Their WaterA group of California farmers, in a surprising turnaround, is volunteering to give up a fourth of its available water this year, sharing a resource all but guaranteed to them for more than a century.
Some Northern California Farmers Not Planting This Year, Sell Water To Los Angeles At $700 Per Acre FootThe rice industry in the Sacramento Valley is taking a hard hit with the drought. Some farmers are skipping out on their fields this year, because they are cashing in on their water rights.
Drought: Valuable 100-Year-Old Water Rights Could Make Some East Bay Cities RichCalifornia's pre-1914 water rights are not regulated. Even in drought years, whoever claimed the water first, gets it.
Some Californians Allowed To Keep Using Water For Free Amid Record DroughtCalifornia’s blistering heat has spared wildfires and is worsening what could be a record drought. While some are bracing for severe water rationing, others with certain privileges can continue to use as much water as they want for free.