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Water rights granted more than 100 years ago are part of today's water wars, created by a drought that's getting worse than ever.  State officials want to re-allocate dwindling resources according to need, but they may be over-ruled by history.

Also, the drought is turning forests into kindling for wildfires. There've been thousand more already than there are in an average year, and firefighters have an unprecedented challenge this time around -- the need to conserve water.

Producers:
Sasa Woodruff
Andrea Brody

The Drought Means a Flood of Lawsuits in California 14 MIN, 24 SEC

Mario Arnaudo is manger of the Arnaudo Brothers farm near Tracy in California's central valley. He's a fifth-generation cattle farmer, who bought land in the 1960's — with water rights that were granted before 1914. But two weeks ago, the pumps were turned off and there's no water now in his irrigation canal.

Guests:
Mario Arnaudo, Arnaudo Brothers Farm
Dan Kelly, Byron Bethany Irrigation District
Eric Garner, Best Best & Krieger (@BBKlaw)

More:
Byron Bethany Irrigation District v. California State Water Resources Board

Drought Creating a Tinder Box in California's Forests 10 MIN, 12 SEC

Firefighters have already responded to 2800 wildfires since January…that's 1000 more than occur in the first six months of an average year. We hear more about firefighters' unprecedented challenge this time around -- the need to conserve water.

Guests:
Daniel Berlant, Cal Fire (@CALFIRE_PIO)
Bill Stewart, UC Berkeley

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