How does more rain in northern California equal less flows in the San Joaquin River?

June 14, 2022
Jesse Vad, SJV Water
by Jesse Vad, SJV Water
The San Joaquin River heads west from the base of the Friant Dam in Fresno County. CREDIT: Lois Henry
Jesse Vad, SJV Water
Jesse Vad, SJV Water

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Water has been flowing down the San Joaquin River since the beginning of April. But, ironically, late spring rains could halt the flow. 

The water coming out of Millerton Lake just above Fresno is flowing because of a contract within California’s complicated water rights system. 

The water is going to the San Joaquin River Exchange Contractors, four agricultural water districts that extend from Firebaugh to Newman on the west side of the Valley. Millerton water 

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