Water and the California Dream: Choices for the New Millennium

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In the last one hundred years, imported water has transformed the environment of the Golden State and its quality of life, with land ownership patterns and real estate boosterism dramatically altering both urban and rural communities. The key to this transformation has been expanded access to water from the Eastern Sierra, the Colorado River, and Northern California rivers. Whoever brings the water, brings the people,” wrote engineer William Mulholland, under whose leadership the process of growth through irrigation began. Now, using first-person voices of Californians to reveal the resulting changes, author David Carle concludes that it may be time to stop drowning the California dream of the good life with imported water.
Using oral histories, contemporary newspaper articles, and autobiographies, Carle explores the historic changes in California, showing how imported water has shaped the pattern of population growth in the state. Because water choices remain the primary tool for shaping California’s future, Carle also argues that it is possible to improve both the state’s damaged environment and the quality of life if Californians will step out of this historic pattern and embrace limited water supplies as a fact of life in this naturally dry region.

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Explores the impact of water policy on California's environment, urban development, and quality of life, arguing that it is time for the state to limit growth and implement serious conservation measures.

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"Water has always been the defining element in California's history, driving its dreams of expansion. Carle tells that story well--but what his inventive and informative text also demonstrates is that if the state does not soon turn back on its own history, its infatuation with limitless growth and the water to supply it may create a world too ugly to contemplate."--T. H. Watkins, Wallace Stegner Professor of Western American Studies, Montana State University

"This book belongs in the hands of anyone interested in California's history and future."--Sally Gaines, co-founder, Mono Lake Committee

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