Coalition: California farmers illegally taking river water

Jun 16, 2015 4:36 PM by News Staff, Photo: CDWR

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - An association of public water agencies that services millions of Californians is asking the state to order farmers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to stop irrigating amid the relentless drought.

Stefanie Morris of the State Water Contractors filed a complaint on Tuesday with California water officials. The coalition accuses the Delta farmers of illegally taking irrigation water that is needed to keep the Delta flowing with fresh water. The agencies say they're forced to release water they've stored in reservoirs.

Morris says the missing water could serve more than 2 millions of people for one year; her association provides water to 26 million residents and vast farmland.

John Herrick of the South Delta Water Agency disputes the claim, saying that Delta farmers have every right to the water.

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