CENTRAL VALLEY PROJECT 
mono-218252_960_720Originally conceived by state engineers, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation later took over construction of the Central Valley Project (CVP). The Bureau maintains the following profile of the CVP (continue reading…

 


POISONED LANDS, POLLUTED WATER

Courtesy of US Geological Survey

For more than four decades, the federal Central Valley Project (CVP) and the State water Project (SWP) have supplied water to growers irrigating approximately 1.3 million acres of drainage-impaired lands on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley and the Tulare Lake Basin (continue reading…)

 


CALIFORNIA WATER RIGHTS PRIMER

Courtesy of California State LibrarySociety grants property owners rights to use water, not to possess or hoard it. That’s because water is both a basic necessity of life and essential to all economic activity. Legal water use also entails (continue reading…)

 


VARIOUS WATER RIGHTS IN CALIFORNIA

water drops maybe rainIn April 1850, the California Legislature adopted the English Common Law as the basic legal framework for California. Gold, not so much water, was on the minds of many in early California, and they (continue reading…)