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The road to California's mandatory water cuts




Dry cracked earth is visible on the banks of Shasta Lake at Bailey Cove Aug. 31, 2014 in Lakehead, California.
Dry cracked earth is visible on the banks of Shasta Lake at Bailey Cove Aug. 31, 2014 in Lakehead, California.
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The first mandatory water cutbacks in state history were approved by state officials after a marathon meeting Tuesday night. 

The State Water Resources Control Board voted unanimously on a plan to reduce water use in California cities 25 percent by the end of next February. The action comes as California suffers through the fourth year of a crippling drought. 

Max Gomberg, scientist with the State Water Resources Control Board, discusses the details.