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Keeping Water Safe: California's State Water Projects

Powerful agribusiness interests dominate the conversation about California’s water use priorities and have been using the urgency of the drought to solidify their control over water in the state.
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Keeping Water Public: California's State Water Project

March 15, 2017
Keeping Water Public: California's State Water Project

California’s recent drought has exposed deep problems with the state’s water infrastructure and sharpened conflicts over the state’s limited water supply, particularly between agriculture, ecosystems, and communities. Although the drought has pushed water systems to their limit and has caused extreme harm to fragile ecosystems and endangered species, it has also fueled a long-needed conversation about the state’s water use priorities. Powerful agribusiness interests dominate this conversation and have been using the urgency of the drought to solidify their control over water in California.