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California Drought News: Federal legislation, and the crop that will be hit hardest



A northern California rice field, after the crop has been harvested.
A northern California rice field, after the crop has been harvested.
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Friday's news is packing up for the long weekend. But before you go:

Environmentalists are not happy. Patricia Schifferle of Pacific Advocates says the new bill allows reservoir storage to continue until the governor formally declares the drought to be over. It also circumvents historic water agreements and legal rulings to allow greater water exports from the Sacramento Delta to growers in the Central Valley. (Represent!)

Now news from the Department of Solutions to shortages:

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