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Senior Water Rights Fight
SACRAMENTO -- Friday, California water regulators ordered farmers and other landowners with water rights dating back to 1903 to stop pumping water from The Sacramento, San Joaquin and Delta watersheds. It's a fight many land owners saw coming during the state's fourth consecutive drought year, when all Californians have been asked to cut their water usage. However, many landowners who staked claims on property near these waterways over a century ago argue their water rights are protected under the constitution, and that the state does not have the authority to ask them to stop using these sources of water to grow their crops.