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The Thirsty Land: The Story Of The Central Valley Project
Those interested in how water would determine the wealth of California will find this intriguing book a saga of politics and engineering, agriculture and economics, power and propaganda.
Paperback, 280 pages
Published August 1st 2000 by Beard Books
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California's Central Valley is, without anthropogenic interference, a vast desert. Today, it produces 70% of the United States' fruits and vegetables and grosses billions of dollars in agricultural output. None of this transformation would have been possible without intensive and invasive water infrastructure and intervention from both the state and federal government. De Roos' book tracks how the Central Valley Project came about, the different values, stakes, and actors, and the politics at ...more