FRESNO, Calif. -- Gov. Jerry Brown has issued an executive order he says will help California’s agriculture industry by streamlining the approval process for water transfers in the state.
The order, issued on Monday, directs state water officials to expedite the review and processing of voluntary transfers of water and water rights.
The order comes with near record-low precipitation in California this year.
The most recent snow survey found the Sierra snowpack at 17 percent of normal.
Water transfers in dry years help farmers and growers who potentially have excess supplies by allowing them to sell to those who are short of supplies.
State water deliveries this summer will be only 35 percent of requested amounts, while federal deliveries will be as low as 20 percent of requested amounts to some customers.