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Old 01-15-2014, 08:57 PM   #15
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The real estate deed may say you have water rights, but you need to know how they establish water rights in Cal. In the west water rights are decided by an administrative agency in Cal., or water courts in Colorado. I don't know about other western states, but the legal determination of water rights is quite a process. The deed only says you have a right, but the state's determination through either administrative decision or a court decree tells you what the right is. It will tell how much of that stream flow is yours to use and whether it is a senior or junior right. A junior right can be cut off by rights senior to it in times of drought.

This is no small thing in the west and the complexity of water law here is daunting for most lawyers except for the few who have developed expertise in the field. As the saying goes, "whisky is for drinkin'; water is for fightin'".


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Old 01-15-2014, 09:55 PM   #16
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Thank-you Sam for the time you put into the post. I made a trip to the land a year ago and I brought back samples of the soil and bottled some water. I did not test the water and is still crystal clear after siting in the opened shipping box for a year. There is a lilac farm with a home way off in the distance and down stream from me otherwise there is nothing around. The stream comes from a spring that is cold and refreshing. Next time I will have water tested in LA County right away as the sample I have is too old.

The acres are broken into 4 lots. I really like the idea of the shipping containers and what people have done to them. I've seen one video where a guy made a large swinging door on the side that locked. They are fire proof and earthquake proof so I like the idea. Some have used ceramic paint to cut down on the heat. My wife thinks we could always find a place to live and just travel to the land if we farm it. I will see if it is A1,A2 or A3. Each allows a greenhouse and I like your idea of starting with a building. There use to be another road that entered the property and it washed out years ago that still shows on Google Maps I would need to explore as a 2nd way on and off the property. Do you have a website Sam of your work?

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