New California water restrictions are intended to help battle persistent drought conditions in that state, but some say the new restrictions shouldn’t have much of an impact on drought-weary horse owners residing there.
On April 1, California Governor Jerry Brown announced restrictions that include a significant reduction in permitted water use by campuses, golf courses, cemeteries, and residential developments, as well as an outright ban on watering public landscapes. Also under the new rules, agricultural users are required to provide more water use information to state regulators and small agricultural districts must develop and submit water use plans to the state’s agriculture department.
“These plans will help ensure that agricultural communities are prepared in case the drought extends into 2016,” Brown’s office said in a written statement.
Jim Hendrickson, president of the California Horseman’s Association, does not believe that Brown’s restrictions will have a major impact on horse owners.
Many horse owners reside in rural areas and water horses with wells on their own properties, Hendrickson said. Those lucky enough to live near rivers will fare better than those who do not, he said, adding that the hardest hit will be those whose wells are already burdened by the drought
“In some areas the aquifer that feeds wells is so low that they have to truck in water,” Hendrickson said.
Tawnee Preisner, operations manager for the Horse Plus Humane Society in Bangor, California, hasn’t had to secure outside water yet. But l