Sean Earley, general manager of Richvale Irrigation District, checks the Baker Canal water levels and water delivery to a farmer's rice field in Richvale, Calif., on Thursday, April 23, 2015.
Sean Earley, general manager of Richvale Irrigation District, checks the Baker Canal water levels and water delivery to a farmer's rice field in Richvale, Calif., on Thursday, April 23, 2015. Manny Crisostomo mcrisostomo@sacbee.com
Sean Earley, general manager of Richvale Irrigation District, checks the Baker Canal water levels and water delivery to a farmer's rice field in Richvale, Calif., on Thursday, April 23, 2015. Manny Crisostomo mcrisostomo@sacbee.com
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Opinion: Drought shows need to untangle California water rights

June 28, 2015 04:00 PM

UPDATED June 28, 2015 11:00 PM

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