California Water System



Largest water projects in the world:
  • State Water Project
    • one of the largest water transfers in world
    • over 700 mile aqueduct plus 25 reservoirs
  • Federal - Shasta Reservoir & Central Valley Project
    • agricultural subsidy (small 160 acre farms)
    • SWP and CVP world’s largest water system
  • Local - numerous projects such as S.F. & L.A.

California’s Water Projects: Federal, State, & Local levels:

  • Los Angeles Aqueduct (1913)
    • insatiable thirst for water: Mulholland’s Dream
    • buying up water rights in Owens Valley
    • "greatest good for the greatest number"
    • secret land grab in San Fernando Valley

 

Issues: wildlife & environmental needs, drought, water quality



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