Farmers in California’s Central Valley, the world’s most productive agricultural region, will get none of the water they requested this year from a federally controlled system because of the drought gripping the state, the U.S. Interior Department’s Bureau of Reclamation said.
California’s worsening drought is raising the stakes for a $15 billion plan endorsed by Governor Jerry Brown to build two 30-mile (48-kilometer) water tunnels under an ecologically sensitive river delta east of San Francisco Bay.
California officials said the state’s deepening drought means they won’t be able to deliver any of the water sought by contractors that supply two-thirds of the population and a million acres of farmland.
Officials in drought-stricken California said that for the first time in state history, they won’t be able to provide any water to contractors that supply two-thirds of the population and a million acres of farmland.
In 2009, Cameron Diaz shook up late- night America when she told Jay Leno one of the secrets of living with California’s periodic water shortages involved infrequent toilet flushing, invoking images and colors that were unusually graphic even for adult audiences.