Shortage hits nation's largest federal water district

LOS BANOS, Calif. _ Federal officials told hundreds of farmers in the Westlands Water District on Monday that they will get even less irrigation water _ just days after the district announced a rationing plan.

Farmers in the nation's largest federal water district will be hit hard. Many said they expect to abandon crops or even go out of business for lack of water. Two members of Congress and district officials urged Gov. Schwarzenegger to declare a state of emergency.

The crisis was blamed on a court ruling and a dry spring.

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