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Will climate change alter water rights?

 •  by Jesse Vad, SJV Water reporting intern
Speakers at the May 25 Water Association of Kern County annual water summit included Attorney Valerie Kincaid (top left), Erik Ekdahl, State Water Resources Control Board Deputy Director of the Division of Water Rights (top right), Author Mark Arax (bottom left), Department of Water Resources Groundwater Management Deputy Director Steven Springhorn (bottom right)

The specter of climate change isn’t just impacting weather, it could also change California water rights, according to experts who spoke at this year’s annual Water Summit put on by the Water Association of Kern County.

The May 25 virtual event included a host of experts who caught attendees up on the latest information about groundwater, broken canals and how much farmland may have to be taken out of production in the San Joaquin Valley.

The topic that generated the most heat involved a report issued earlier this year by the California State Water Resources Control board about how climate change predictions may be included in new water rights applications.

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Jesse Vad, SJV Water reporting intern

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