A BRIEF HISTORY OF CALIFORNIA WATER DEVELOPMENT
I-5 and Canals SJValleyDWRb&w.previewOriginally conceived by state engineers, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation took over construction of the Central Valley Project in the 1930s because California could not pay for the scheme due to the Great Depression (continue reading…

 


AREAS OF ORIGIN

Photo by JalieAn area of origin is generally considered an area where the headwaters of a river or other significant water body originates. The “area” may be a county, region, or other geographic region of the state (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
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…)

 


WATER FACT SHEET

cartoonCalifornia’s water problems are usually presented as a recent and short-term crisis engendered by the ongoing drought. One or two wet winters, it is largely felt, will solve our problems. This is not the case. California has been operating on a deep and worsening water deficit for decades. (continue reading…)