Mandatory Water Usage Cuts Loom in California Even for Those with Senior Water Rights

LA Times: In the 1976-77 drought, the state ordered growers with some of the oldest water rights in California to stop pumping from many rivers and streams. Now, in a sign of the spreading pain of another punishing drought, regulators are preparing to do the same thing. The State Water Resources Control Board halted diversions last summer by many so-called junior rights holders - those whose claims date back only as far as 1914. In the last month, the board ordered some 9,000 junior rights holders in the......

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