Amidst an ongoing drought in California and limited water supplies, a first of its kind, innovative water agreement was signed this summer. The state's water right system is convoluted. Users with older water rights have priority, junior users are the first to be cut during a shortage. The agreement allows water users to voluntarily conserve. The water left over can then be passed on to junior users, those with less priority, who without the agreement may have been left with no water. This can be especially important to farms and vineyards, where just a little bit more water can make or break a season.

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