SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – As California’s drought worsens, state water officials are preparing to take emergency action to conserve.
The state water board is voting later this morning on new water restrictions that could impact thousands of farmers. If passed, the emergency regulations would restrict anyone from diverting water out of the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers and their tributaries.READ MORE: Cal Fire Says Fall Is Most Critical Time During Fire Season
The goal is to protect downstream water quality and flow requirements.READ MORE: Mystery Man With Amnesia At UC Davis Med Center Identified Thanks To Community Tips
“The widest swath of the state’s farmland is potentially at issue here,” said Chris Scheuring with the California Farm Bureau. “It’s a more severe curtailment action than we have seen in a long time, if ever.”MORE NEWS: Turlock Man Among 4 California Militia Members To Plead Guilty To Conspiracy
If passed, the new regulations would take effect later this month. Under California law, anyone caught diverting water could face fines up to $1,000 per day.