Who else wants alternative solutions to keep streams flowing?
My idea: The problem is not that senior water rights are first-come, first-served. The problem is water rights are not adjusted for the actual water supply and use of water.
Water rights should not be a fixed amount. It should be a percentage of what currently exists. - This limits taking too much water in the first place because it's based on relative amounts of what exists in the river.
People that used more water previously years should have a decreased water right when the supply is negatively effected. - This encourages people to conserve water since if they use to much they will lose a percentage rights the next year. Also, it lets them save there water rights since they no longer will lose what they don't use. Since now they can now bank water rights to use the next year.