California water wars: Imperial Valley water rights

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The Imperial Valley gets 20% of *all* the water from the Colorado River – more than Nevada and Colorado combined – and produces substantial amounts of the country’s winter vegetables.

If you’re wondering why the Imperial Valley gets so much water from the Colorado, it’s because their claim to the water is so old that it supercedes all other claims.

But San Diego and Los Angeles are looking hungrily at that water supply.

More on the Imperial Valley water wars.