Bulk of money in state’s plan to buy water rights directed at northern California watersheds

June 15, 2022
Jesse Vad, SJV Water
by Jesse Vad, SJV Water
An egret flies away with it's dinner at the confluence of the San Joaquin and Merced rivers in this 2018 photo. A state Senate proposal would spend $100 million of $2 billion to buy senior water rights on the San Joaquin River and its tributaries. CREDIT: Lois Henry
Jesse Vad, SJV Water
Jesse Vad, SJV Water

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A California Senate proposal to spend $2 billion to buy senior water rights would focus mostly on rights in northern California watersheds with another large chunk aimed at farmland retirement throughout the state.

The proposal is included in an $18.5 billion climate plan within the state  budget, which likely won’t be finalized until the end of summer.

 State water watchers are intrigued by the proposal as water supplies are stretched to thin in this third

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