california water impact network

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

The Central Valley Project

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…)

 

 


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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