More than a dozen farmers’ groups have issued a joint statement condemning the drought as “grave consequences” for irrigation districts across the state.
“It is a serious consequence for irrigation district and agricultural land management,” the statement says.
“This drought is the worst in a long time and it is not a matter of ‘if’ but when.”
The farmers’ statement says the drought is being exacerbated by “an increasing amount of rain and snow, exacerbated by El Niño, the ongoing El Niño event, and the recent changes in water-use patterns in the agricultural sector.”
It also says the current drought is also a result of “a combination of weather, climate and water-related issues.”
“It’s going to be a challenging year, but we’re ready for the challenges ahead,” said the statement from the California-based Association of Water Districts.
“We want to work together with farmers, ranchers and water managers to address this problem in a way that allows us to maintain and grow our economies, communities and our water resources.”
The statement was signed by more than 100 members of the irrigation association.
The association says it has more than 300,000 members across the country.
“The California drought is one of the worst ever recorded in the state and it will take decades to recover from this,” said Gary Lander, the association’s executive director.
Lander says that for the past five years, the drought has been the worst he’s seen.
“There’s a lot of water coming out of the ground.
And it’s really going to take a lot longer than five years to restore the water,” he said.
Larger irrigation districts in the West are already struggling to recover.
In January, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said more than 4.2 million acres of irrigation land in the United States was impacted by drought conditions, up from a previous estimate of 3.3 million.
That includes nearly 7 million acres in California, where irrigation districts have lost millions of dollars in crop sales due to drought conditions.
In the eastern U.P., there are also reports of crop damage.
The Fresno Bee reports that some farmers have had to shut down their irrigation systems.
The Fresno Bee reported in April that the drought had forced many farmers to abandon their crops, including rice, maize, wheat and oats.
The drought has also affected other crops such as hay and soybeans, the newspaper reported.
In other drought-related news, the Associated Press reported Tuesday that California Gov.
Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency and ordered the closure of more than 50,000 water treatment plants.
California has more water-dependent farms than most states, according to the AP, but the drought threatens those businesses with a significant financial hit.
“They’re in a really tough spot,” said John McKeown, executive director of the Water Resources Institute of California.
“If you don’t have access to water and you don