California Farmers Give In, Agree to Cut Water USe

The state accepted a proposal from California farmers to voluntarily cut water use by a quarter during one of the worst droughts in history. By doing so, they avoided the threat of deep mandatory cuts, while holding onto some of the state's strongest water rights.
Officials hope the deal will serve as a model for more such agreements with growers in the nation's top-producing farm state. In California agriculture accounts for 80 percent of all water drawn from rivers, streams and the ground.
Chairwoman of the state's water resources control board Felicia Marcus said the one of a kind drought calls for unprecedented actinon.
The rare concession from the farmers is the latest sign of the severity of the water shortage in California, which is suffering through its driest four years on record.