SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CBS/AP) – The California water board has proposed the first-of-its-kind, $1.5 million fine for water-taking during the drought.
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The State Water Resources Control Board said it’s proposing the first fines of this kind for a water district with century-old claims to water.
The so-called senior water rights holders are generally protected from mandatory cutbacks.Ironman California 2021 Triathlon Canceled Due To Safety Concerns Brought On By Powerful Storm
The board says the Byron Bethany Irrigation District illegally took water from a pumping plant after getting a warning that there was not enough water.
The district serves farmers in three counties in the agriculture-rich Central Valley and a residential community of 12,000 people.
District spokeswoman Erin Gilhuly did not have an immediate comment. The district has sued the state over water cuts.
(Editor’s note: A previous version of this story incorrectly reported the district’s name as Bryon-Bethany.)MORE NEWS: Will There Be Major Flooding In Sacramento? What You Can Expect From Sunday’s Storm
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