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Put runoff on hold.


are also superior to producer rights. Finally, state water compacts, like the Colorado River Compact, authorize states with superior rights to make a call on water used by states with inferior rights.


As if this tangled web of law were not enough, we are living through a period of persistent, serious drought throughout much of the West. Various proposals have been made to mitigate the impact of the drought by cutting back on the amount of water used by agriculture through land idling, water banking and water conservation through land treatment and technological measures. Efficient irrigation systems and water management practices can help maintain farm profitability in an era of increasingly limited and more costly water supplies.


All of these measures are voluntary for producers. As it is virtually impossible for a government to take a producer’s water right through eminent domain, no one can force a producer to idle land or relinquish water use to a bank. Producers avail themselves of these measures as necessary to sustain the financial viability of their operations. The water right is protected under state law and ensures that producers cannot be forced to use less water because of drought.


Prior appropriation is an important legal doctrine providing critical support to producers’ relative freedom to grow America’s food and fiber.


PRC4500 Preset Pressure Regulator with Check Valve


The efficient, US-made PRC4500 pressure regulator with built-in check valve ends water erosion and puddles due to unwelcome line drainage. This ½” low flow unit comes in pressure ratings of 20, 30 or 40 psi and flow rates from 0.5 to 6.0 gpm. • Stops unwanted runoff • Prevents sprinkler erosion when irrigating seedbeds • Ends line drainage when watering on hills • Prevents mainline from draining during fertigation


Designed for agriculture, greenhouse, nursery and landscape uses, the PRC4500 delivers outstanding performance and durability. For more information, contact an irrigation specialist or visit www.hendricksonbros.com.


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