SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – As California’s drought worsens, state water officials are preparing to take emergency action to conserve.
The state water board is voting later this morning on new water restrictions that could impact thousands of farmers. If passed, the emergency regulations would restrict anyone from diverting water out of the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers and their tributaries.READ MORE: 2 Juveniles Arrested After Mother, Son Found Critically Injured In Elverta
The goal is to protect downstream water quality and flow requirements.READ MORE: Dispatch Audio Describes Chilling Details of Boys' Alleged Attack On Own Mother and Brother: 'He Wants To Turn Himself In'
“The widest swath of the state’s farmland is potentially at issue here,” said Chris Scheuring with the California Farm Bureau. “It’s a more severe curtailment action than we have seen in a long time, if ever.”MORE NEWS: 'That Is Just Inhumane': Hidden Camera Captures Alleged Elder Abuse At Folsom Senior Living Facility
If passed, the new regulations would take effect later this month. Under California law, anyone caught diverting water could face fines up to $1,000 per day.