California’s Water Resources Control Board announced Friday that it is restricting agricultural water use to water rights holders dating back to 1903.

The announcement is not entirely unexpected for approximately 300 water rights holders in the San Joaquin, Sacramento and Delta agricultural areas of the state. This is the first of what the water board chief deputy director was quoted as saying “may be imminent” additional cuts that could domino larger and larger in coming weeks.

The expectation is for more fallow crop land and concern about keeping crops alive that have already been planted or perennials such as almond trees.

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