Who decides who has the rights to water in California?



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    California‚Äôs water distribution falls under a dual system.  Riparian rights give landowners the superlative rights to any body of surface-water their land borders.  The second category is Appropriative rights; these are claimed by putting a water source to good use.  Additionally, Spanish and Mexican pueblos are granted water rights.  The State Water Resource Control Board has jurisdiction over water rights.

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