The legal brinkmanship, which centers on a relatively small sum – roughly $2.5 million, could have far-reaching consequences by putting the water supply of California’s fifth-largest city in jeopardy.
San Joaquin Valley water agencies and growers were outraged at legislators for stripping funding and adding hostile amendments to a bill aimed at curbing worse droughts.
Water agencies and some of California’s poor communities, located in the southern San Joaquin Valley, are confronting a new reality.
The U.S. ag secretary made the observation while touring a Helm ranch with Reps. Jim Costa and David Valadao with Calif. Ag Secretary Karen Ross.
Following six hours of input from agricultural and environmental players across the Golden State, California’s top water regulator enacted its most intense cuts to water supplies on Tuesday.