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Upper Russian River water rights cut...

State authorities Thursday began notifying hundreds of water rights holders on the upper Russian River to stop diverting water from the drought-stricken watershed because there isn’t enough supply to go around.

The unprecedented step affects 652 water rights issued after Feb. 19, 1954, held by dozens of growers and local water agencies, some of which rely on the river for their main supply. Many have other sources, however, that could help protect them through the dry season.

The order, which was dated Wednesday and takes effect immediately, was issued in letters sent out by the state Water Resources Control Board.

Read the full article from the Press Democrat