Court blocks water cutbacks for some California farmers

Jul 10, 2015 7:40 PM by News Staff, Photo: CDWR

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A judge has blocked California regulators from punishing some farmers who ignored rationing orders during the drought..

The judge in Sacramento ruled Friday that the State Water Resources Control Board ordered water cutbacks without a hearing. The ruling applies to an irrigation district serving several dozen farmers in the Central Valley.

The water board has told thousands of individuals, corporations and districts with water rights to stop diverting from rivers and streams this year.

Steve Herum, an attorney who challenged the board, says the court ruling throws all cutbacks into question.

But the water board says the ruling still allows it to punish those who illegally take water.

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