In a state where water supply and quality is threadbare for many, California’s Fair Water Rights Bill steps in to redress the balance between the state and the people who use water in California. The bill passed the California Assembly and is set to head to the Senate for consideration in the next few weeks. Why does this matter? The Fair Water Rights bill establishes a neutral Water Rights board to conduct hearings in place of the Water Resources Board. Essentially this will mean a major conflict of interest is reduced at the state level, making the process of dealing with the state over water fairer for rights-holders.

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