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Thousands Of California Farms Warned Of Water Cutoffs Due To Drought

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Farmers across Central California are being warned of potential water cutoffs this summer due to the drought, reports the Associated Press.

On Tuesday, June 15, the State Water Resources Control Board warned about 6,600 farmers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta watershed that "impending water unavailability" may continue until winter rains arrive.

"This is how dry things are,” water board Chairman Joaquin Esquivel told the Sacramento Bee. “The hydrology that we’re seeing is not there ... There will not be enough natural flow.”

In May, Governor Gavin Newsom declared a drought emergency for most of the state of California.

“The 2021 water year for the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Basin is currently the driest since 1977," the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation warned.

The U.S. Drought Monitor reports most of California's population is in areas suffering from the extreme drought just years after California got out of a multiyear dry spell.

According to AP, the Sierra Nevada snowpack, which provides a third of the state's water, was at 59% of average on April 1, when it is usually at its peak.

The state of California just emerged from an alarmingly dry winter and went into an extremely warm spring with several areas issuing excessive heat warnings this week.

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