Thirst for Growth: Water Agencies as Hidden Government in California

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An overview of the key issues of public accountability and water policy innovation that confront urban and agricultural water agencies throughout the country--notably in California where the prospects for future water development have become especially problematic. Focusing on six agencies in the Southern California region, they offer a series of case studies analyzing the issues of water quality, including groundwater contamination and disinfection by-products; reallocation and transfer of existing supplies; and management programs based on pricing changes, the conjunctive use of surface and groundwater supplies, and increased storage capacity aimed at greater efficiencies in stretching those existing supplies.

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"Carves out a place for itself alongside such classics as Remi Nadeau's The Water Seekers and Marc Reisner's Cadillac Desert. —Walter Truett Anderson, California Coast & Ocean"READ THIS BOOK....The water may not keep coming, and it's about time San Diegans picked up a good book and found out how these governments work." —Brian Alexander, San Diego Tribune"The authors astutely portray the internal divisions and cohesion within the various agencies along with the interchanges between them. . . . detail[s] essential elements that environmental historians must understand as they build their interdisciplinary work." —James E. Sherow, Environmental History Review"A luminescent addition to the rapidly growing literature on the history of water policy and management. Focusing on the recent history of six regional water agencies in Southern California, the book extends the boundaries of analysis of other studies on the conundrum of western water history. . . . Should excite the interest of historians and open doors of inquiry into the neglected study of public works management." —Technology and Culture"Makes an excellent case for recognizing the role of local water agencies as de facto land use planners due to the social nature of their water policy choices." —Journal of the American Planning Association

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