18 May 2010

Rights vs Contracts

via JF, we hear that
Westlands' General Manager/General Counsel Tom Birmingham himself was there to explain why, technically, Westlands doesn't actually have junior water rights...

According to Birmingham, Westlands doesn't have junior water rights because they're just CVP contractors, and the Bureau of Reclamation is governed by different rules.
Ok, I'll bite. Westlands has junior water contracts. I know, Tom told me himself.

Why are these different, in function, from junior rights?

If there's less water, junior rights holders get cut.

If there's less water, do senior rights holders get cut? No, junior holders get cut.

Tomay-toe, toma-toe, you still get cut.

Or, am I missing something here?