california water impact network

Working to promote the equitable and environmentally sensitive use of California's water.

California State Water Project

Lake Oroville (credit: California Department of Water Resources)The California State Water Project was approved by the legislature in 1959 and bonds for its construction were narrowly approved by California voters in November 1960 (Proposition 1). The California Department  (continue reading…)


montereyagreementscreenshotIt is impossible to understand the Monterey Agreement without also having the basic State Water Contract available so you can try to grasp what is going on. Even then it can be difficult. (continue reading…



cracked-dry soilBy August 1962, standard provisions of the state’s contract for water service were  available. These provisions were in effect with the Metropolitan Water District and Kern County Water Agency contracts, and their (continue reading...)

In 1991, Santa Barbara voters decided to hook up with the State Water Project. Promises were made to voters about the cost of the proposed Coastal Branch Aqueduct. Promises were made about water reliability. Those promises were broken.
Now a new water project is pending, the Peripheral Tunnels, a $50+ billion dollar effort to move the Sacramento River directly to the big industrial agribusiness on the West side of the Central Valley. Proponents of the project want the water and they want Santa Barbara ratepayers to pay for it - even though none of that water would ever come to Santa Barbara!
This video documents the promises made in 1991 to Santa Barbara voters that were broken, and makes the case for withdrawing Santa Barbara support for those Peripheral Tunnels.

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