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California Drought News: Little bits of rain that we can steal



Juvenile Chinook salmon in the lower section of Gatton Creek, close to its mouth on Lake Quinault.
Juvenile Chinook salmon in the lower section of Gatton Creek, close to its mouth on Lake Quinault.
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Will Californians head out to see Aronofsky's "Noah" just to remember rainier times?

Having a water right means you don’t have to buy water from somebody else. Instead, the water is free and you control access. Junior water rights usually include a nominal annual fee paid to the state, but otherwise the same easy access applies. This differs from homeowners or water contractors who pay a monthly fee that varies according to how much water they consume – and who, if they don’t pay, see their water cut off. (Sacramento Bee)