Calif. governor will withhold water from local farms this spring due to severe drought
by: J. D. Heyes
Monday, February 10, 2014
As an unprecedented drought in California worsens, Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration has decided to take a radical measure by withholding water from many of the state’s farmers come spring planting season.
As reported by The New York Times, the decision is impactful and will affect millions:
Responding to one of the worst droughts in California’s history, state officials announced on Friday that they would cut off the water to local agencies serving 25 million residents and about 750,000 acres of farmland.
With no end in sight for the dry spell and reservoirs at historic lows, Mark Cowin, director of the California Department of Water Resources, said his agency needed to preserve what little water remained so it could be used “as wisely as possible.”
Worst drought in at least 100 years