California curtails some senior water rights due to drought

California’s water board curtailed senior water rights on Friday in the state’s Delta, San Joaquin and Sacramento regions due to drought in the first move of its kind during the current drought, officials said. The curtailment affects more than 100 senior water rights holders, with most of those located near the Sacramento River, the State Water Resources Control Board said in a statement. This marks the first time since the late 1970s that California has curtailed water diversions to senior water rights holders in the state.



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