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How Water Rights Factor in Droughts

Southwestern U.S. states are forced to make unprecedented cuts to their water usage. Not only is the Colorado River drying up, but the Lake Mead reservoir is dangerously low. So who has priority over what's left? It all falls on which state has senior water rights. Learn what they are and why these contracts won't necessarily stop people from getting what they feel they're entitled to.

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How Water Rights Factor in Droughts
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    These Laws Determine Who Gets the Most Water

    What are Water Rights?
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    What are Water Rights?

    Water is one of the most important resources on Earth. However, the use and management of water can sometimes be very controversial and a source of …

    During A Drought, Senior Water-Rights Holders Have Privileges
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    During A Drought, Senior Water-Rights Holders Have Privileges

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