Who Controls California’s Water?

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California’s severe drought has led to state-mandated restrictions on water, but how is the allocation of water determined in “The Golden State”?

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California State Water Resources Control Board: Water Rights

Appropriative Water Rights In California
“In California’s complex system of water rights, the appropriative water right occupies a lead position. The basic principle of the prior appropriation doctrine is ‘first in time, first in right.'”

Water Appropriation Systems
“The doctrine of riparian rights in the United States has its basis in case law which first involved Tyler v. Wilkinson in 1827.”

Water Wars: Who Controls The Flow?
“Rivers don’t follow political boundaries – they flow through states and over international borders. And there are endless demands for water: for agriculture, drinking, plumbing, manufacturing, to name just a few. And then there’s the ecosystem that depends on water getting downstream.”

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