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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

California's flawed water system can't track usage

In this May 1, 2014, photo, fourth-generation rice farmer Josh Sheppard walks across the dried-up ditch at his rice farm in Richvale, Calif. California's 19th-century water laws give about 4,000 companies, farms and others unmonitored water while the state is mired in a three-year drought that has forced water cutbacks to cities and the nation's agricultural center.