The Sacramento River Settlement Contractors include irrigation and reclamation districts, mutual water companies, partnerships, corporations, and individuals representing approximately 450,000 acres of irrigated agriculture in the western Sacramento Valley. They hold pre-1914 appropriative water rights, some of the oldest in California.
Under the contract, members are entitled to about 2.1 million acre-feet of water per year in the Sacramento River from April to October. By specifying the timing of the SRSC diversions, the Bureau of Reclamation can schedule its releases and deliveries of water from the Central Valley Project and Contractors are more certain of their water supplies in summer and during drought.
The five largest rights holders on the Sacramento River under the contract are Glenn-Colusa Irrigation District, Reclamation District 108, Sutter Mutual Water Company, Anderson-Cottonwood Irrigation District and Natomas Central Mutual Water Company.
SRSC is a 501(c) (6) nonprofit mutual benefit corporation organized under the California Nonprofit Mutual Benefit Corporation Law.