California orders water cuts for farmers

California regulators ordered farmers and others who hold some of the state’s strongest water rights Friday to stop pumping from 3 major waterways in one of the country’s prime farm regions.

The order involving record cuts by water rights holders in the Sacramento, San Joaquin and delta watersheds followed mandatory water curtailment earlier this year to cities and towns and to farmers with less iron-clad water rights. The targeted waterways provide water to farms and cities in the Central Valley and beyond.

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