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Power and Water
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Water Civilization in the desert?
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The plumbing system basics 1913 LA Aqueduct water from Owens Valley to make LA expansion possible 1923 Hetch Hetchy Water from Yosemite for recovering SF Remove the dam?
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contd 1936 Central Valley Project Largest federal water project in US—Shasta to Bakersfield 1941 Hoover Dam Colorado River water rights divided between neighbor states and Mexico 1960s State Water Project/California Aqueduct—world’s largest Supported by S California voters, opposed in North, reduces flow into the Delta
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Agriculture Nearly 80% of harvested water goes to ranching and agriculture Agribusinesses receive water from fed govt at heavily subsidized rates based on historical water rights Leads to inappropriate uses and waste— cotton and alfalfa produced in the desert
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Urban use About ½ for watering lawn and garden Some water districts and cities will issue fines for washing cars, hosing sidewalks
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Problems
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  • Spring '10
  • Diamond
  • SF Regional Water Quality Control Board, Largest federal water, State Water Project/California, River water rights, historical water rights

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