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California Water-related documents and maps from 1940 to 1979
     The documents and maps gathered below provide information on the development of the projects to divert water from the Sacramento River basin to other parts of the state.  Key to the projects and legislative actions was the word "surplus".  The goal was, at the time of the voter-approved water conveyance actions, to ONLY divert surplus water.  Note that some of the maps or documents shown below come from websites that are shown within the screen print of the map or document.  These are provided here for research and educational purposes, and the viewer should go to the original document source for further information.  Documents published by government agencies are considered public records for viewing of the public.  For original copies of those documents, if available, contact the drafting government or public agency. 
     In summary, both water projects (state and federal) are supposed to be managed to produce electricity, protect the Delta from salinity encroachment, protect the prime farm lands of the Delta by maintaining the levees, and divert SURPLUS water only when available to other areas of the state.  Plus several dams would provide recreational uses and recreation in the Delta would also be promoted or enhanced.  If one looks at the water contracts the state signed with water agencies over the years, there is always the "exception" clause that says DWR or the supplying agency will only be required to supply water based on availability since many water years there is not enough water to satisfy all the contracts signed by Ca Department of Water Resources.  In fact, as of the 21st century, there is substantially much more "paper water" than actual drinkable water.  For a quite interesting review of who wants how much water, see the water use documents.

The document used to be at the DWR website but the link does not work in May 2013, so here's the document in pdf-large file so it may load slowly...
1960Bulletin_No._76_Delta_Water_Facilities-.pdf
1941-sj.pdf

1940-1945_swp_plans_include_central_canals.pdf

PDFS/1948-folsom_dam.pdf

1948-ryer-sac-river-unit-14.pdf

1948westsac.pdf

1940-1960Bulletin_No._76_Delta_Water_Facilities.pdf


 
 


1940-1979_docs/1941-sj.pdf


 

     

     
1960_REVIEW OF HISTORICAL PROJECT OPERATIONS LEADING UP TO THE 2000 ROD.docx

1940-1979_docs/1966fish-136.doc


























































 
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