Cut off

Check out this list of the more than 1,600 junior water-right holders in the San Joaquin River watershed who have been ordered to stop diverting water.

It should be pointed out, of course, that many of these cities, irrigation districts and landowners may have access to water from another source, or may have other senior rights that will allow them to continue diverting.

For example, while Woodbridge Irrigation District shows up on the list, it also holds other, more senior rights on the Mokelumne River (though the State Water Resources Control Board has indicated senior rights could also be impacted later this summer).

Some east San Joaquin County growers, like Paul Sanguinetti, also show up on the list. But in addition to his own water right, Sanguinetti receives federally contracted water from the Stockton East Water District. That supply, so far, remains solid.

“If you are a customer who purchases water from the Stockton East Water District, you’re pumping Contract water and it is legal for you to continue doing so,” Stockton East said in an announcement to growers.

Stay tuned. The most controversial curtailments are, apparently, still to come.

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