TRACY (CBS13) — For the first time, the state is telling some farmers who have been able to use as much water as they want for years that they’re cut off.
Delta farmers have had senior water rights, priority access to water, because their land sits on the river. But farmers are learning they have to stop pumping water from the San Joaquin River.READ MORE: Chase Of Stolen Car From Downtown Sacramento Ends In Crash
Delta farmers had a different plan to avoid the deep cuts—volunteering to reduce water use by 25 percent.READ MORE: Chicago-Area Family Still In Shock After They Hired Home Improvement Contractor Via HomeAdvisor, Only For The Contractor To Smash Up Their Property
Instead, they’ll be cut off as early as Friday, which will likely have a significant impact on agriculture in the region.EB I-80 Blocked In Davis After Deadly Crash; Traffic Being Diverted To Highway 113
Central Valley farmers are still hopeful they can reach a deal to reduce their water use by 25 percent.