Feinstein warns of ‘catastrophic’ water reductions

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein wrote to the State Water Resources Control Board today, asking for a delay until at least March 21 before any kind of order is issued to prioritize water deliveries in California.

There’s been quite a bit of speculation when such an order might come.

In her letter, Feinstein said more time is needed to talk things through and account for recent rainfall, in an effort to avoid “catastrophic” reductions of water to farms.

“The board’s final decision could have far-reaching effects,” she wrote. “The potential of stopping all pumping out of the Delta for agriculture and refuges, except when there are high runoff flows, is of deep concern to water contractors both north and south of the Delta who have been hit by one piece of bad news after another.”

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