California farms ordered to stop pumping water from rivers

May 1, 2015 7:51 PM by News Staff, Photo: CDWR

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - State officials say drought has forced them to order thousands of farms to stop pumping water from two Northern California river systems.

Tim Moran of the State Water Board said Friday that the order applies to more than 2,700 water rights holders - mostly farms - along the Sacramento River and the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

Under California's a century old system, the junior water rights holders have to stop pumping, so those with more senior rights can irrigate.

California is in the fourth year of historic drought, and this is the second consecutive year that junior water rights holders have received such orders.

Last week, more than another 1,500 farmers along other river systems were ordered to stop pumping.

Moran says this is shows that farmers are sacrificing like other Californians.

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