California drought tests strength of Gold Rush-era water rights

April 26, 2015 12:40 AM

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California drought tests strength of Gold Rush-era water rights

High above a landscape parched by unremitting drought, Meadow Valley Creek courses through the northern Sierra Nevada and pools in a stand of alders behind a tiny, concrete dam.

Robert Forbes draws water from the reservoir through an overturned smokestack and into a ditch that has run west of Quincy for more than 100 years.

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