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California farmers told drought could cut off their water

Josh Sheppard
Posted at 12:24 PM, Jun 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-16 15:25:24-04

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Thousands of Central California farmers are being warned of possible water cutoffs this summer as the state deals with a drought that's already curtailed federal and state irrigation supplies.

On Tuesday, the State Water Resources Control Board warned about 6,600 farmers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta watershed of “impending water unavailability” that may continue until winter rains come.

The Sierra Nevada snowpack that is a crucial water supplier was extremely sparse this year.

Gov. Gavin Newsom last month declared a drought emergency for much of the state, including the Central Valley.