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California Lawmakers Mull Buying Out Farmers to Save Water

After decades of fighting farmers in court over how much water they can take out of California’s rivers and streams, some state lawmakers want to try something different: use taxpayer money to buy out farmers.

A proposal in the state Senate would spend up to $1.5 billion to buy “senior water rights” that allow farmers to take as much water as needed from the state’s rivers and streams to grow their crops.

California Drought: Disappointing Rain and Snow Mean Tighter Water Rules Ahead

California’s wet season wrapped up as a big disappointment, setting the stage for a third year of drought.

Most of the state — about 96% — was categorized as having severe drought conditions as March came to a close, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. The continuing drought suggests more water restrictions are forthcoming as supplies run low.