This morning, state regulators are warning more than 6,000 farmers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta they’re about to lose the right to pull water from rivers at some point this summer.
Most farmers who rely on the State Water Project and federal Central Valley Project have been told they’ll get little to no water this year. According to KTLA, in May, the federal government announced that it was slashing allocations for agricultural and urban uses because of projected drops in water flow to the Sacramento, Feather, Yuba and American rivers.
Gov. Gavin Newsom last month declared a drought emergency for much of the state, including the Central Valley. The U.S. Drought Monitor says most of California’s population is in areas suffering from extensive drought just a few years after California emerged from the last punishing multiyear dry spell.