Water transfers helped farmers survive this year. Now, all eyes are on the coming water year

 •  by Jesse Vad, SJV Water reporting intern
The California Aqueduct carries water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta south to 25 million Californians. This view is about 20 miles west of Firebaugh in western Fresno County. CREDIT: Jesse Vad

Water transfers, trades and sales doubled this year as drought left San Joaquin Valley farmers scrambling for supplies.

“This has been kind of an exceptional year for transfers,” said Sam Boland-Brien, program manager at the State Water Resources Control Board’s Division of Water Rights. Boland-Brien said he’s seen about twice the amount of transfers this year compared to an average water year.

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Jesse Vad, SJV Water reporting intern
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