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Innovation amid drought in the Sacramento Delta

Checking in with a farmer who traded some of his water for long term survival.

 

Last May, farmers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta made an unprecedented deal with the state of California, in which they would give up 25 percent of their normal water supply in exchange for a guarantee they wouldn’t lose more. In this video, we check in with one of those farmers and a water manager to learn more about the deal and what water rights mean in the midst of drought.