California decision on farmer water cuts to apply broadly

May 20, 2015 4:32 PM by News Staff, Photo: CDWR

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - As drought deepens in California, the state's water board director says he'll decide by Friday whether to accept an offer from a group of farmers to give up a fourth of their available water.

The concession by farmers in the Sacramento and San Joaquin river delta could be one of the most important yet forced by California's record four-year drought.

In exchange, they want guarantees that the state won't restrict the remaining 75 percent of the water they have had rights to for more than a century.

Water Resources Control Board Director Tom Howard told The Associated Press on Wednesday that whatever he decides will apply to the entire basin of the Sacramento River, which supplies most of the surface water in the food-producing Central Valley.

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