Farmers, Water Districts Not Complying With State Order To Stop Taking Water From Rivers

Posted on June 23, 2015

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CBS San Francisco

SACRAMENTO (CBS SF) — Most of the farmers and irrigation districts ordered by the state to stop pumping water from rivers and streams because of the drought are not complying.

Earlier this month, the State Water Resources Control Board said that almost 300 water rights dating back more than a century will no longer be honored, and their holders must stop taking water from the Sacramento and the San Joaquin rivers.

But board spokesman Tim Moran says only 31 percent of those notified have met the legal deadline to comply.

“I don’t know if they’re late or whether, you know, they’re just denying us or what’s going on,” said Moran. “There are monetary penalties if they continue to divert water.”

They’re not late, said Jim McCloud, board president of the Banta Carbona Irrigation District near Tracy, they’re just ignoring it.

“We’re pumping today,” said the 86-year-old walnut farmer who told KCBS his…

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