california water impact network

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

The Colorado River

A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE COLORADO RIVER
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The Colorado River was the last major American river to yield to full exploration. And shortly after John Wesley Powell made his historic descent in 1869, the river was promoted as a key to the development of the West, a conduit of life-giving water sufficient to irrigate vast acreages  (continue reading…


THE QUANTIFICATION SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT
coloradoriverThe Colorado River has functioned as a linchpin for the development of the southwestern states and Southern California for more than a hundred years. But the limits of the river as a water source became painfully clear by the end of the 20thCentury. With the annual demand on the Colorado far (continue reading…)


salton_seaTHE SALTON SEA
The Salton Sea, of course, is a lake, not a sea. Moreover, it’s the largest lake in California, covering approximately 375 square miles. It’s also a relatively recent phenomenon, one that was created when a dike along the Colorado River failed in 1905, allowing the river to drain to the Salton Basin. (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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