California Farmers Fight for Century-Old Claims to Water

Byron Bethany Irrigation District's Rick Gilmore inspects dried grape vines at the Clifton Court Vineyard in California. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

California farmers whose families have held rights to water since the Gold Rush are fighting cutbacks sought by an agency that’s merely 48 years old, one of many points of contention in a battle inspired by an epic drought.

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