California has given away rights to five times more surface water than the state actually has. How much water is that? Just about enough to fill Lake Tahoe 2 1/2 times.
That's according to a new study from University of California researchers that is the first comprehensive review of how much water the state has allocated, relative to the actual supply.
Ted Grantham, a USGS research biologist who led the study, offers recommendations for what needs to be done to fix California's broken water-rights allocation system.