Popular Articles
Today Week Month Year

California water regulators cut off water supplies to select farmers and ranchers as WATER RATIONING accelerates
By Lance D Johnson // Jul 30, 2021

Thousands of farmers and ranchers across Sacramento and San Joaquin, California are reeling from a mega-drought that is growing more severe by the day. In the coming weeks, thousands of farmers could be cut off from California’s water supply, as state water regulators begin to RATION crucial watershed resources.


In fact, the State Water Resources Control Board ordered an “emergency curtailment” that would effectively cut off thousands of farmers from the river watersheds. The board was sued for their discriminatory curtailment orders during the last drought, but they are rushing ahead this time around.

California water controllers to shutter thousands of farmers and ranchers

The State Water Resources Control Board is scheduled for an emergency meeting on August 3rd. The board’s vote will determine whether farmers and ranchers have the water they need to see their crops and their livestock through. The board’s executive director, Eileen Sobeck, said there is not enough water “to meet all of the legitimate demands” and believes the government’s rationing efforts are necessary.

She said, “We don’t take this action lightly; we know that it’s going to impose hardships on folks.” Of course, these hardships will trickle down to cattle sell-offs, food shortages and rising grocery prices. According to the board members, the farmers will still be allowed just enough water for their “basic human needs” – an allotment that will be determined by government officials.

This year, the State Water Project and federal Central Valley Project have already limited how much water families can use. The latest order will stop farmers from receiving water from the river sheds.

“We’re trying to protect drinking water supplies; we’re trying to protect endangered fish in the system,” said Sobeck. Environmental experts warn that the winter-run of Chinook salmon could be decimated if the water is not rationed and allocated by the state. Once the order is given, farmers and ranchers will be forced to watch their cattle suffer and the crops wither, because the survival of the local fish population takes precedence. The State Water Board had already prepared farmers across the region to accept their fate after they issued formal “notices of water unavailability” in mid-June.

“We have really tried to walk that line of not wanting to invoke new measures that are going to have a significant effect ... unless it’s absolutely necessary,” Sobeck lamented. The Secretary of State for the Department of Food and Agriculture, Karen Ross, has already confirmed that the cutoff will be worth it. She said the cutoff would hurt food production, but the water rationing is “absolutely necessary” to preserve the best interests of the state. (Related: California moves to regulate private agricultural wells, constrict water usage and control food production.)

California now using water allocation as a weapon of discrimination and control

The state is now using curtailment orders to discriminate against certain groups of farmers, depriving them of basic resources. With this power, the state can use water supplies as a weapon and can allocate water in a discriminate manner, as political agendas dictate water allocation. During the last drought, this small group of board members got together and issued curtailment orders on certain groups of farmers. The board was able to stifle their operations, depriving them of due process to protest the government overreach.

The board’s action was determined to be illegal and a Sacramento Superior Court Judge even issued a temporary restraining order to prevent the State Water Resources Control Board from blocking water supplies to four irrigation companies West Side Irrigation District, Central Delta Water Agency, South Delta Water Agency and Woods Irrigation Co. This time around, the Board is set to repeat their offenses and move in a more deliberate, cold and calculated manner, cutting off water sources from thousands of farmers and ranchers.

Sources include:




Take Action:
Support NewsTarget by linking to this article from your website.
Permalink to this article:
Embed article link:
Reprinting this article:
Non-commercial use is permitted with credit to NewsTarget.com (including a clickable link).
Please contact us for more information.
Free Email Alerts
Get independent news alerts on natural cures, food lab tests, cannabis medicine, science, robotics, drones, privacy and more.

NewsTarget.com © 2022 All Rights Reserved. All content posted on this site is commentary or opinion and is protected under Free Speech. NewsTarget.com is not responsible for content written by contributing authors. The information on this site is provided for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for professional advice of any kind. NewsTarget.com assumes no responsibility for the use or misuse of this material. Your use of this website indicates your agreement to these terms and those published on this site. All trademarks, registered trademarks and servicemarks mentioned on this site are the property of their respective owners.

This site uses cookies
News Target uses cookies to improve your experience on our site. By using this site, you agree to our privacy policy.
Learn More
Get 100% real, uncensored news delivered straight to your inbox
You can unsubscribe at any time. Your email privacy is completely protected.