Saturday, March 12, 2016

Farmers in California Delta beat water saving goals

Farmers in California delta beat goal for saving water


This July 23, 2015 photo provided by the California Department of Water Resources shows The Russell Avenue bridge, over the Delta Mendota Canal in Firebaugh, Calif., The  drought has caused the bridge to subside until there’s almost no space between bottom of bridge decking and canal water surface. A NASA scientist says in a report released Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015 that parts of California’s Central Valley are sinking faster than ever as groundwater is being pumped during the state’s historic drought. (Florence Low/ California Department of Water Resources via AP)
This July 23, 2015 photo provided by the California Department of Water Resources shows The Russell Avenue bridge, over the Delta Mendota Canal in Firebaugh, Calif., The drought has caused the bridge to subside until there’s almost no space between bottom of bridge decking and canal water surface. A NASA scientist says in a report released Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015 that parts of California’s Central Valley are sinking faster than ever as groundwater is being pumped during the state’s historic drought. (Florence Low/ California Department of Water Resources via AP)
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Officials say a group of Northern California farmers has exceeded a voluntary target set for conserving water during historic drought.
State water regulators reported Friday that farmers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta last summer used 32 percent less water. That beats a 25 percent goal set by farmers who till land in the Delta east of San Francisco.
The Delta farmers approached the state with the voluntary cuts, as California endured a fourth year of historic drought. In exchange, water regulators agreed not to enforce potentially deeper cuts.
The 217 farmers who agreed to the deal have the oldest water rights in the state and most security access to California’s rivers.
Delta Watermaster Michael George says the farmers helped ease pressure on California’s water supplies at a critical time.

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