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
http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/waterrights/board_info/faqs.shtml#toc178761088

Appropriative Water Rights In California
http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/publications_forms/publications/general/docs/l597.pdf
“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
http://www.undeerc.org/Water/Decision-Support/Water-Law/pdf/Water-Appr-Systems.pdf
“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?
http://www.npr.org/2013/06/15/192034094/rivers-run-through-controversies-over-who-owns-the-water
“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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