Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Pecking order

Court battles loom over California's senior water rights

"This is our water," says Steve Knell, general manager of Oakdale Irrigation District, an agricultural district that had its water rights curtailed. "We believe firmly in that fact and we are very vested in protecting that right." KQED San Francisco

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KQED San Francisco

Now that California officials have ordered water cutbacks for some of the oldest and most protected water rights holders in the state, we're about to see if those orders will stick. The orders are expected to launch a flurry of lawsuits, with water right holders challenging the state's fundamental authority to cut off senior rights. Court rulings could dramatically alter how water rights are handled in the state.

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Farm interests pushing back on federal water rule

McClatchy

Farm interests from around the country are pushing back on a recently finalized federal water rule. Updating the "Waters of the United States" rule has broad support in Congress, but it might not have enough support to override a presidential veto — sending the rule's ultimate fate to be battled out in court.

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California water fight raises free market issues

Yahoo Finance

Is water a commodity like oil and gold? Drought restrictions have raised the hackles of some residents in the wealthier parts of the state, who argue that if you pay for it, you should be able to use as much water as you like. But is it a public good that everybody should have access to more or less equally, or is it a commodity? The answer in California could be both.

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