The Merced Irrigation District is pursuing legal action against a new state water plan they say will take water away from farmers and communities within the county.

The State Water Resources Control Board passed the Bay Delta Plan earlier this month.

It will increase flows by 40% from the Merced, Stanislaus and Tuolumne Rivers to restore fish populations in the Delta and improve water quality.

According to the state water board’s website, “The 40 percent unimpaired flow proposal would result, on average, in a 14 percent reduction in surface water supply for human uses like agriculture and drinking water.” 

CBS47s Alex Backus reports.