California Farmers Worry Senior Water Rights Cuts In Drought Could Be Devastating

June 13, 2015 5:42 AM

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TRACY (CBS13) — California ordered dramatic cuts to farmers who have water rights dating back more than 100 years to help with the drought.

Notices have been sent to 114 senior rights holders, telling them to stop diverting water and to stop releasing previously stored water. Those who violate the order face fines up to $1,000 a day and $2,500 per acre-foot.

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