california water impact network

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

History

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…)

 

 

 

 


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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