The state’s cities need water. Its farmers have it. Maybe leasing rights to it could solve the crisis responsibly.
It's part of a much bigger water crisis in the West.
“Use it or lose it” clauses give farmers, ranchers, and governments holding water rights a powerful incentive to use more water than they need.
Conservationists find themselves at the back of line in divvying up water from one of the world's most litigated rivers.