Water Rights in California

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Governor Jerry Brown defended his water use restrictions yesterday on ABC’s This Week. Criticism has come from those in California who believe farmers who grow water-hungry crops should have to cut back on their usage as well. Brown claims historic water rights limit what restrictions could be imposed, but he left open the possibility for review in the future. Do the state’s archaic water rights make sense while a drought strains California’s dwindling resources?

Credits

Guest:
Ellen Hanak - Public Policy Institute of California - @PPICnotes

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Jolie Myers, Matt Holzman, Anna Scott, Christian Bordal