California water regulators on Friday accepted an offer from California farmers with the most senior water rights to reduce their consumption by 25 percent.
Gov. Kate Brown has taken steps to get aid to counties hit by drought.
A look at the issues surrounding Friday's expected decision on senior riparian water rights.
The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation says after four years of drought, it has no water to spare for chinook salmon.
state officials said Wednesday that they would start mandatory cuts this week to the state’s oldest rights holders.
While agriculture may seem small compared to the entire California economy, it has a big impact on commerce in the San Joaquin Valley, long the nation's leading region for agricultural production.
Water shutoffs and cutbacks and a sinking water table are threatening to turn the San Joaquin Valley, long the nation's most productive agricultural region, into a hodgepodge of empty fields and veritable ghost towns.
Under the deal expected to be presented to state officials Wednesday, farmers would either take less river water for irrigation or leave a quarter of their crops unplanted.
A wet start to May has brought badly needed moisture to Southern Idaho irrigators.
Summer water supply in Washington's Yakima Basin is now forecast at 44 percent of normal because of drought. A major irrigation district continues its quest for water to lease.
The 2015 Idaho Legislature rejected a proposed rule that could have subjected a significant amount of additional farmland to curtailment orders during future water calls. The rule will not be re-proposed, said the Idaho Department of Water Resources...
Producers in eight states can apply for emergency funding of projects that will mitigate drought conditions.
In his new position with the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality's Pocatello office, Steve Smith helps growers access Clean Water Act funds to improve their operations and water quality.
The price of the desalinated water would be pegged to the price of imported water, plus a premium.