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25% voluntary cut in farmers' water use OK'd by California amid drought
25% voluntary cut in farmers' water use OK'd by California amid drought

California water regulators have accepted an unprecedented proposal from Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta farmers to voluntarily cut water use by 25% -- or fallow a quarter of their cropland -- in an effort to avoid harsher, government-imposed cuts. The action, announced Friday, staves off the threat of potentially lengthy litigation between growers and the State Water Resources Control Board. It applies only to so-called riparian rights holders -- land owners whose property has direct access to a stream. The right of these growers to divert water directly from a stream dates back more than 100 years and has never before been challenged. However, after Gov. Jerry Brown ordered mandatory cuts...

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