MS 302 San Diego County Water Authority Collection

Summary Information

Repository
San Diego History Center Document Collection
Creator
San Diego County Water Authority .
Title
San Diego County Water Authority Collection
ID
MS 302
Date [inclusive]
1909-2010
Extent
49.5 Linear feet (69 boxes)
Language
English
Abstract
This collection contains administrative papers, reports, and other reference materials from the library and offices of the San Diego County Water Authority.

Preferred Citation

San Diego County Water Authority Collection, MS 302, San Diego History Center Document Collection, San Diego, CA.

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Biographical / Historical Notes

The San Diego County Water Authority (SDCWA) was created June 9, 1944 by an act of the State Legislature. It was established as a public agency to administer the county’s Colorado River water rights. SDCWA officials work in Sacramento and Washington D.C. to monitor legislation with potential impact for the San Diego County region. The Water Authority promotes water conservation and reclamation programs, youth education, and other projects to improve the quality and reliability of local water supplies. By the early 2000s, the Water Authority included 24 member agencies around the county.

The history of water in San Diego is one of cyclical droughts and floods. The region has a 10-11 year flood cycle, but flood years are occasionally skipped, so immense amounts of water must be stored to last through dry periods. The water needs of the City of San Diego have often conflicted with the needs of local farmers and other city districts. In 1922, the Colorado River Compact was formed and included California as one of the seven states entitled to an allocation of the Colorado River. The Metropolitan Water District was formed in 1927 to develop the entitlement for cities throughout Southern California. Boulder Dam was completed in 1935 and the All-American Canal in 1940, but legal conflicts continued with Arizona over the size of the allocation.

World War II and the arrival of the military in San Diego nearly doubled the local population and led to threats of water shortages. The newly formed SDCWA worked with the Navy and the US Bureau of Reclamation to construct the San Jacinto-San Vicente Aqueduct, though later there would be conflict with the government over the appropriateness of Navy financing. Water from the Colorado River finally arrived in the San Vicente Reservoir in November 1947. A second pipeline was completed in 1952.

In 1959, SDCWA officials including Board Chairman, Fred A. Heilbron and General Counsel, William H. Jennings joined a statewide effort to pass the Burns-Porter Act. This act authorized the State Water Project, which stretches 700 miles from Lake Oroville to Lake Perris via Feather River, the Sacramento River, and several other byways before joining the Metropolitan Water District system. The SDCWA eventually added three more pipelines to draw water from the Colorado River and Northern California via the State Water Project.

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Scope and Content

This collection contains administrative papers, reports, and other reference materials from the library and offices of the San Diego County Water Authority.

Administrative papers for the San Diego County Water Authority include annual reports from 1946-1998, strategic planning documents, public opinion surveys, workshop materials, brochures, and 26 scrapbooks dating from the 1930s. There are also several scrapbooks on specific topics in later series. Administrative papers for the Metropolitan Water District contain most issues of the Aqueduct News newsletter from 1934-1973 detailing progress with Colorado River water, as well as a scrapbook of clippings, mailers, pamphlets, and citizens’ committee material. Additionally there is some material from the City of San Diego, including the 1931 city charter, yearbooks from 1945-1947, and brochures about the city as a tourist destination.

The collection contains numerous reports, legislative documents, and other materials on water development projects involving San Diego, California, the Colorado River, and Mexico. Records on the San Diego Aqueduct include pre-planning recommendations, design and construction, the impact of World War II and controversial aid from the Navy, and later expansion projects. Records on San Diego water development include histories of water in the region, a sourcebook on applying preferential rights, water supplies and usage throughout the county, planning in urban areas, reclamation studies, quality control, and flood control. Additionally, there are several reports on individual water projects such as Lake Hodges, the Bonsall Reservoir, the San Luis Reservoir, and the Pamo Valley Reservoir, as well as assorted photographs of dam sites.

Records on California water development contain numerous state bulletins, reports, project updates, and other literature on the water conditions and supplies of the state, as well as the design and implementation of the State Water Plan and State Water Project, including specific aspects such as the Feather River Project. This series also includes region-specific water resource development plans for basin/drainage regions, the Central Valley, and the Southwest region. Additionally, there are reports on drought in the mid-1970s, water conservation, quality control, and projected future developments.

Records on the Colorado River include histories, reports and recommendations, government proceedings from various court cases, and information on the Boulder Canyon Project, water quality control, the Citizens’ Committee for Colorado River Water, and various pamphlets and brochures. Records on Mexico are primarily arguments for or against water treaties and how they affect supply between California and Mexico.

Finally, subject files contain books, reports, published government proceedings, and brochures on topics such as climate, economics, history, hydroelectric power, irrigation, soil preservation, water conservation, education, legal cases, volunteer water monitoring, sewage reclamation, and water rights conflicts.

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Arrangement

This collection is arranged into nine series.

Series I: San Diego County Water Authority

Series II: Metropolitan Water District

Series III: City of San Diego

Series IV: San Diego Aqueduct

Series V: San Diego Water Development

Series VI: California Water Development

Series VII: Colorado River

Series VIII: Water Treaties with Mexico

Series IX: Subject Files

Series I-VIII are arranged by subject. Series IX is arranged alphabetically.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

San Diego History Center Document Collection September 9, 2014

1649 El Prado, Suite 3
San Diego, CA, 92101
619-232-6203

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The San Diego History Center (SDHC) holds the copyright to any unpublished materials. SDHC Library regulations do apply.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 2013.22.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Samantha Mills on September 9, 2014.

This collection was processed as part of a grant project supported by the San Diego County Water Authority with generous funding from the Hans and Margaret Doe Foundation.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • American Water Works Association .
  • Boulder Canyon Project .
  • California State Water Project .
  • Central Arizona Project Aqueduct (Ariz.) .
  • Central Valley Project (Calif.) .
  • Citizens’ Committee for Colorado River Water .
  • Colorado River Storage Project (U.S.) .
  • Colorado River Water Users’ Association .
  • Colorado-Big Thompson Project (U.S.) .
  • Feather River Project (Calif.) .
  • Fryingpan-Arkansas Project (U.S.) .
  • Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (Calif.) .
  • San Diego County Committee for Vital Water .
  • United States. Navy.
  • Upper Colorado River Commission .

Genre(s)

  • Correspondence

Geographic Name(s)

  • All-American Canal (Calif.)
  • Bonsall Reservoir
  • Colorado River Watershed (Colo.-Mexico)
  • Hodges, Lake (Calif.)
  • Hoover Dam (Ariz. and Nev.)
  • Los Angeles (Calif.)
  • Mexico
  • Pamo Valley Reservoir
  • Peripheral Canal
  • San Diego (Calif.)
  • San Diego Aqueduct
  • San Luis Reservoir (Calif.)
  • San Pasqual Valley (Calif.)

Personal Name(s)

  • Heilbron, Fred A.
  • Jennings, William H.

Subject(s)

  • Aqueducts
  • Brochures
  • City planning
  • Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
  • Conference proceedings
  • Droughts
  • Education — Standards
  • Flood control
  • Flood dams and reservoirs
  • Hydroelectric power plants
  • Hydrology
  • International obligations
  • Legislation
  • Municipal water supply
  • Newsletters
  • Reservoir sedimentation
  • Scrapbooks
  • Soil conservation
  • State water planning
  • Water conservation
  • Water development, supply, and management
  • Water districts
  • Water quality management
  • Water reuse
  • Water rights
  • Water supply — California — San Diego County
  • Water use

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

The majority of the collection is in good condition, except for the scrapbooks. The scrapbooks are at various stages of deterioration. They remain with their original covers, but many have deconstructed bindings (e.g. rope removed from stab bindings). All have been interleaved and oversize scrapbooks have been placed in individual boxes.

San Diego Aqueduct photograph scrapbook pages (boxes 13-14) are made of degrading paper. Photographs that have already come unglued have been placed in archival sleeves. Those remaining are fixed to the pages by a single spot of glue apiece. The remainder of the photographs could potentially become detached allowing them to be removed and sleeved without damaging the originals and with captions intact.

Three folded maps from a bulletin rating California soils (box 36 folder 8) may require future encapsulation.

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Collection Inventory

 Series I: San Diego County Water Authority, 1924-1998

Box-folder
Annual reports, 1946, 19481:1
Annual reports, 1949-19501:2
Annual reports, 1951-19521:3
Annual reports, 1953-19541:4
Annual reports, 1955-19561:5
Annual reports, 1957-19581:6
Annual reports, 1959-19601:7
Annual reports, 1961-19622:1
Annual reports, 1963-19642:2
Annual reports, 1965-19662:3
Annual reports, 1967-19682:4
Annual reports, 1969-19702:5
Annual reports, 1971-19722:6
Annual reports, 1973-19743:1
Annual reports, 1975-19763:2
Annual reports, 1977-19783:3
Annual reports, 1979-19813:4
Annual reports, 1982-19833:5
Annual reports, 1984-19853:6
Annual reports, 1986-19874:1
Annual reports, 1988-19894:2
Annual reports, 1990-19914:3
Annual reports, 1992-19934:4
Annual reports, 19944:5
Annual reports, 19954:6
Annual reports, 1996-19985:1
Correspondence, 1944 May 20–1945 March 145:2
Special meeting transcript (Rainbow Irrigation District), 1953 April 275:3
Administrative Improvement Program proposal, 19605:4
Strategic Planning part 1 (deconstructed binder), 19825:5
Strategic Planning part 2 (deconstructed binder), 19825:6
Earthquake Emergency Response Plan, 1983 March 35:7
1988 Public Opinion Survey part 1 (deconstructed binder), 1988 March 15:8
1988 Public Opinion Survey part 2 (deconstructed binder), 1988 March 15:9
1991 Public Opinion Survey, 1991 October5:10
Oceanside election, 19465:11
Water bonds fundraising, 1964-19685:12
San Diego County Committee for Vital Water, 1965-19665:13
San Diego County Committee for Vital Water scrapbook, 196669:2
“Future of Regional Government” workshop, 1979 April 28

Includes:

Materials from a workshop co-sponsored by the San Diego section of the American Planning Association and the San Diego County League of Women Voters.

5:14
San Diego County Seismic Zonation Workshop part 1 (deconstructed binder), 1991 November 86:1
San Diego County Seismic Zonation Workshop part 2 (deconstructed binder), 1991 November 86:2
San Diego County Seismic Zonation Workshop part 3 (deconstructed binder), 1991 November 86:3
“SDCWA Literature” part 1 (deconstructed binder), 1986-1989 and undated6:4
“SDCWA Literature” part 2 (deconstructed binder), 1986-1989 and undated6:5
Scrapbook: “Publicity Record,” 1947 June 17–1949 September 196:6
Scrapbook 1: “City of San Diego Water Supply and Water Supply Problems” part 1, 1927-19326:7
Scrapbook 1: “City of San Diego Water Supply and Water Supply Problems” part 2, 1927-19326:8
Scrapbook 2: “Colorado River Water for San Diego and Los Angeles, Laguna Salada,” 1930-19326:9
Scrapbook 3: “El Capitan Dam” part 1, 1929-19327:1
Scrapbook 3: “El Capitan Dam” part 2, 1929-19327:2
Scrapbook 4: “Mission Gorge No. 2 San Diego River” part 1, 1930-19317:3
Scrapbook 4: “Mission Gorge No. 2 San Diego River” part 2, 1930-19317:4
Scrapbook 5: “San Diego River Watershed Development,” 1930-19327:5
Scrapbook 6: “El Capitan Dam,” 19327:6
Scrapbook 7: 1944-1946 August44:1
Scrapbook 8: 1946 September–1947 February44:2
Scrapbook 9: 1947 February–1947 October45:1
Scrapbook 10: 1947 October–1948 October45:2
Scrapbook 11: 194846:1
Scrapbook 12: 1948 November–1949 December46:2
Scrapbook 13: 1950 January–1950 August47:1
Scrapbook 14: 1950 August–1951 November47:2
Scrapbook 15: 1951 December–1952 July48:1
Scrapbook 16: 1951 November–1953 April49:1
Scrapbook 17: 1953-195650:1
Scrapbook 18: 1956-195751:1
Scrapbook 19: 1957 November–1962 May52:1
Scrapbook 20: 1966–1968 July53:1
Scrapbook 21: 1968 August–1971 July54:1
Scrapbook 22: 1971 May–1972 April55:1
Scrapbook 23: 1972 May–1973 August56:1
Scrapbook 24: 1973 August–1974 December57:1
Scrapbook 25: 1975 January–1976 December58:1
Scrapbook 26: 1977 January–1978 September59:1
Scrapbook 27: 1978 October–1981 December60:1
Scrapbook 28: 1982 February–1984 May61:1
Scrapbook 29: 1984 April–1984 December62:1
Scrapbook 30: 1985 January–1985 August63:1
Scrapbook 31: 1985 August–1987 May64:1
Scrapbook 32: 1987 October–1989 January65:1
Miscellanea, undated

Includes:

Excerpts from texts about San Diego County Water Authority and County Water Act.

7:7
Miscellanea, 1924, 1990,1995, 1998 and undated

Includes:

“The Freeman Report”; Historic Water Conservation and Transfer Agreement, signed by Boards of Imperial Irrigation District and SDCWA; commendation to SDCWA from Public Relations Society of America for the Bronze Anvil Program.

Set of four conservation ads mounted onto poster board; enlarged text of Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 102 Relative to Water Awareness Month, signed by Senator Killea; map of SDCWA areas of responsibility in 1995 (in Oversize Collections F4 D1).

69:3-5

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 Series II: Metropolitan Water District, 1930-1981

Box-folder
Annexation with SDCWA: Correspondence, 1944 September 15–1946 April 198:1
Annexation with SDCWA: Discussions, 1946 and undated8:2
Annual report, 19748:3
Annual report, 19818:4
“Aqueduct News” newsletter, 1934 June 15–1934 December 208:5
“Aqueduct News” newsletter, 1935 January 20–1935 December 238:6
“Aqueduct News” newsletter, 1936 January 8–1936 December 258:7
“Aqueduct News” newsletter, 1937 January 10–1937 December 258:8
“Aqueduct News” newsletter, 1938 January 10–1938 December 258:9
“Aqueduct News” newsletter, 1939 January 25–1939 December 258:10
“Aqueduct News” newsletter, 1940 January 25–1940 December 258:11
“Aqueduct News” newsletter, 1941 January 25–1946 December9:1
“Aqueduct News” newsletter, 1947 January–1948 December9:2
“Aqueduct News” newsletter, 1949 January–1950 December9:3
“Aqueduct News” newsletter, 1951 January–1952 December9:4
“Aqueduct News” newsletter, 1953 January–1954 December9:5
“Aqueduct News” newsletter, 1955 January–1956 December9:6
“Aqueduct News” newsletter, 1957 January–1957 December9:7
“Aqueduct News” newsletter, 1958 January–1959 December9:8
“Aqueduct News” newsletter, 1960 January–1960 December9:9
“Aqueduct News” newsletter, 1961 January–1961 December9:10
“Aqueduct News” newsletter, 1962 January–1963 December9:11
“Aqueduct News” newsletter, 1964 March–1965 December9:12
“Aqueduct News” newsletter, 1966 January–1966 December9:13
“Aqueduct News” newsletter, 1967 January–1967 December9:14
“Aqueduct News” newsletter, 1968 January–1968 December9:15
“Aqueduct News” newsletter, 1969 January–1969 December9:16
“Aqueduct News” newsletter, 1970 January–1970 December10:1
“Aqueduct News” newsletter, 1971 January–1971 December10:2
“Aqueduct News” newsletter, 1972 January–1972 December10:3
“Aqueduct News” newsletter, 1973 January–1973 November10:4
MWD Scrapbook part 1 (deconstructed binder), 1930–1931

Includes:

Articles, letterhead, mailers, photo copies of ads, pamphlets from MWD and various citizens’ committees in favor of expanding water resources.

10:5
MWD Scrapbook part 2 (deconstructed binder), 1930-1931

Includes:

Articles, letterhead, mailers, photo copies of ads, pamphlets from MWD and various citizens’ committees in favor of expanding water resources.

10:6

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 Series III: City of San Diego, 1931-1953

Box-folder
City charter, 193110:7
City yearbook 1944-45, 194510:8
City yearbook 1945-46, 194610:9
City yearbook 1946-47, 194710:10
City Water Department annual report, 1947 October 110:11
San Diego Chamber of Commerce annual report, 194811:1
Brochures, 1945-195311:2

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 Series IV: San Diego Aqueduct, 1930 October 23-1965 February 25

Box-folder
First Aqueduct: Reports and recommendations, 1930 October 23–1947 September 17

Includes:

A report by H.N. Savage; remarks by Captain A.K. Fogg; and geology and lab reports by L.H. Tuthill.

11:3
First Aqueduct: Impact of World War II, 1944 August–1946 August 20

Includes:

A report on the impact of the war in the San Diego area; issues of “San Diego Business” charting area growth; and communications from President Roosevelt.

11:4
First Aqueduct: Preliminary report by R.B. Ward, 1944 September11:5
First Aqueduct: Preliminary report by R.B. Ward [copy], 1944 September11:6
First Aqueduct: Preliminary report on All-American Canal connection, 1946 January11:7
First Aqueduct: Hearings before Senate committee, 1947 February11:8
First Aqueduct: Committee on Expenditures in the Executive Departments meeting, 1947 February 2711:9
First Aqueduct: “Report on need and feasibility of increasing the capacity of the San Diego Aqueduct,” 1948 July 2912:1
First Aqueduct: “San Diego Aqueduct Project,” 1948 July

Includes:

A report on the need, pre-construction planning, administration, construction history, and financing of the project from the Eleventh Naval District in San Diego.

12:2
First Aqueduct: Investigation, design, and construction, 194812:3
First Aqueduct: “San Jacinto-San Vicente Aqueduct” by M.W. Loving, 195312:4
Second Aqueduct: Subsurface explorations, 1958 February 2712:5
Second Aqueduct: Dedication program, 1960 December 112:6
Expansions: Report on Metropolitan Connection enlargement, 1950 October12:7
Expansions: Report on Metropolitan Connection enlargement, 1951 January12:8
Expansions: Report on Metropolitan Connection enlargement, 1951 September12:9
Expansions: Report on constructing second barrel of Second Aqueduct, 1965 February 2513:1
Aqueduct photograph scrapbook (p. 1-6), 1964-1965

Scope and Content:

Contents originally in a binder. Processor numbered pages to retain original order. Loose photos have been sleeved and kept with original page. See numbers on front corners or back of sleeved photos to match with captions on page (e.g. “#3” or “S-14-4”).

13:2
Aqueduct photograph scrapbook (p. 7-12), 1964-1965

Scope and Content:

Contents originally in a binder. Processor numbered pages to retain original order. Loose photos have been sleeved and kept with original page. See numbers on front corners or back of sleeved photos to match with captions on page (e.g. “#3” or “S-14-4”).

13:3
Aqueduct photograph scrapbook (p. 13-18), 1964-1965

Scope and Content:

Contents originally in a binder. Processor numbered pages to retain original order. Loose photos have been sleeved and kept with original page. See numbers on front corners or back of sleeved photos to match with captions on page (e.g. “#3” or “S-14-4”).

13:4
Aqueduct photograph scrapbook (p. 19-24), 1964-1965

Scope and Content:

Contents originally in a binder. Processor numbered pages to retain original order. Loose photos have been sleeved and kept with original page. See numbers on front corners or back of sleeved photos to match with captions on page (e.g. “#3” or “S-14-4”).

14:1
Aqueduct photograph scrapbook (p. 25-30), 1964-1965

Scope and Content:

Contents originally in a binder. Processor numbered pages to retain original order. Loose photos have been sleeved and kept with original page. See numbers on front corners or back of sleeved photos to match with captions on page (e.g. “#3” or “S-14-4”).

14:2
Aqueduct photograph scrapbook (p. 31-36), 1964-1965

Scope and Content:

Contents originally in a binder. Processor numbered pages to retain original order. Loose photos have been sleeved and kept with original page. See numbers on front corners or back of sleeved photos to match with captions on page (e.g. “#3” or “S-14-4”).

14:3
Aqueduct photograph scrapbook (p. 37-39), 1964-1965

Scope and Content:

Contents originally in a binder. Processor numbered pages to retain original order. Loose photos have been sleeved and kept with original page. See numbers on front corners or back of sleeved photos to match with captions on page (e.g. “#3” or “S-14-4”).

14:4
Aqueduct scrapbook, 1944 December–1948 July66:1
Scrapbook: “Aqueduct dedication publicity record,” 1947 October–1947 December66:2
Articles, 1945 January 20–1952 June 4 and undated15:1

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 Series V: San Diego Water Development, 1925-1996

Box-folder
History: Timelines, undated15:2
History: “San Diego’s quest for water,” 194715:3
History: “A history of the dams and water supply of western San Diego County” part 1, 195315:4
History: “A history of the dams and water supply of western San Diego County” part 2, 195315:5
History: Water supply and water agencies, Undated15:6
Preferential rights sourcebook part 1 (deconstructed binder), 1996 January 1115:7
Preferential rights sourcebook part 2 (deconstructed binder), 1996 January 1115:8
Water supply: La Mesa, Lemon Grove, and Spring Valley Irrigation District, 1941-194715:9
Water supply: Escondido Soil Conservation District, 1947 February15:10
Water supply: Mission Basin, 1950 March16:1
Water supply: San Diego County, 1924–1945 and undated

Includes:

Issue of “The Freeman Report” from 1924, on San Diego water supply (in F4D1).

16:2
Water supply: Report on probable future developments, 1955 June16:3
Water supply: Study of potential supply, 1983 July16:4
Water supply: “The need for stand-by water for the San Diego area” (book), 194169:1
Water use: Escondido irrigation, 194816:5
Water use: 1956-57 estimates and actuals, 1957 May16:6
Water use: San Diego County land and water use survey, 196816:7
Urban planning: San Diego metropolitan area, 193716:8
Urban planning: San Diego Bay toll highway, 195716:9
Urban planning: Urban drought plan, Undated [c. 1970s]17:1
Urban planning: Effectiveness of 208 program, 1982 April17:2
Urban planning: Profiles of special districts, 199617:3
Water reclamation: Senate hearings on Santa Margarita River controversy, 195217:4
Water reclamation: Report on sewage treatment in San Diego County, 1952 September17:5
Water reclamation: Study on Balboa Park and Mission Bay Park, 1963 March17:6
Water reclamation: San Pasqual Valley Project, 198617:7
Water conservation committee report, 1972 June 117:8
Water quality control plan, 197518:1
Water and power plan, 198018:2
Semi-tropic storage electrical consumption, 199118:3
Flood control: Rainfall and stream run-off since 1769, 193118:4
Flood control: Storms in San Diego County, 1906-1969, undated18:5
Flood control: Poway Valley study, 196718:6
Flood control: Las Chollas Creek, 1975 April18:7
Flood control: 1975 hydrology report, 197518:8
Flood control: Hydrology of San Diego River, 1975 July18:9
Flood control: “Upper San Diego River flood control investigation,” 1976 February18:10
Water storage: North County reservoir sites, 1966 December 3118:11
Water projects: Upper Lake Hodges Project, 1925 May19:1
Water projects: Bonsall Reservoir and Mission Underground Basin, 195419:2
Water projects: San Luis Reservoir and forebay recreation development, 1965 May19:3
Water projects: San Pasqual Valley/Lake Hodges area plan, 1985 October19:4
Water projects: Pamo Valley Reservoir, 1984–199419:5
Water projects: Dam site photos, 1925–1938 and undated19:6

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 Series VI: California Water Development, 1928-2001

Box-folder
History, 1961 – 199319:7
State bulletins: Water conditions in California, 1973 December–1975 April19:8
State bulletins: Water conditions in California, 1976 February–1978 May 119:9
State bulletins: Water conditions in California, 1982 April 1–1998 May 119:10
State bulletin: Water conditions and flood events in California, 1977 July19:11
State bulletin: Crop water use in California, 1986 April20:1
California public works plan, 1960

Includes:

A large report by Weber Foundation Studies, including step-by-step water plan with numerous maps.

20:2
State Water Plan: “Report on California Water Plan” volume 1, 1956 May20:3
State Water Plan: “Report on California Water Plan” volume 2, 1956 May20:4
State Water Plan: “Report on California Water Plan” volume 3, 1956 May21:1
State Water Plan: “Report on California Water Plan” conclusions and recommendations, 1956 May21:2
State Water Plan: Economic considerations, 1958 March–1960 February 121:3
State Water Project: Design and construction, 1964 February–1964 March 321:4
State Water Project: Progress report, 1965 March21:5
State Water Project: Metropolitan Water District aqueduct expansion, 1965 February21:6
State Water Project: Kern County water dedication, 1968 May 1721:7
State Water Project: Peripheral Canal, 1974 August–1979 February21:8
State Water Project: The Burns-Porter Act, 1984 April21:9
State Water Project: State water contractors, 1987 June22:1
State Water Project: Municipal water quality control, 1989 February22:2
State Water Project: Management of project in 1998, 2001 March22:3
State Water Project: Articles, 1961 January 5–1961 May 522:4
Basin region planning: “Drainage basin problems and programs,” 1936 December22:5
Basin region planning: Field estimate data, 194422:6
Basin region planning: South coastal basin water supply, 1950 December22:7
Basin region planning: South coastal basin investigation, 195322:8
Basin region planning: Weber Foundation study on Basin Plan, Undated22:9
Central Valley Project: Feasibility of state ownership and operation, 1952 March22:10
Central Valley Project: Management survey, 1953 November23:1
Central Valley Project: Status of state acquisition, 1955 February23:2
Central Valley Project: Enlarging Shasta Lake, 1978 November23:3
Southwest planning: Water supply summary bulletins, 195423:4
Southwest planning: Water supply summary bulletins, 1955 April23:5
Southwest planning: Water supply summary bulletins, 1955 June23:6
Southwest planning: Water resources summary bulletins, 1952 September 30 – 1954 March23:7
Southwest planning: Water resources summary bulletins, 1956 May–195723:8
Southwest planning: Water resources summary bulletins, 1959-196424:1
Southwest planning: Feasibility of public ownership of Sweetwater System, 1956 January 324:2
Southwest planning: Review of Pacific Southwest Water Plan, 1964 March 1824:3
Southwest planning: Pacific Southwest Project, 1964 March 30

Includes:

A proposed act authorizing coordinated development of water resources in the Pacific Southwest region.

24:4
Feather River Project: Memo on water rights applications, 1954 August24:5
Feather River Project: Report on feasibility of project, 1951 May

Scope and Content:

There is an extended, bound version of this report in folder 7.

24:6
Feather River Project: Report on feasibility of project, 1951 May

Scope and Content:

This is an extended, bound version of the report in folder 6.

24:7
Feather River Project: Analysis of Los Angeles importation proposal, 1960 May24:8
Feather River Project: Senate Permanent Fact Finding Committee, 196724:9
Feather River Project: Articles, 1954 March 3–1955 December 2824:10
Feather River Project: Articles, 1956 January 9–1956 December 1825:1
Feather River Project: Articles, 1957 January 17–1957 December 1825:2
Feather River Project: Articles, 1958 January 2–1958 December 2425:3
Feather River Project: Articles, 1959 January 13–1959 September 2225:4
Feather River Project: Articles, 1960 January 1–1960 December 3125:5
Feather River Project: Prop 1 Articles, 1960

Scope and Content:

Articles originally pinned in a folder, all articles have been copied and kept in original order. Also includes a brochure and press release text.

25:6
California drought: Report on dry year impacts, 1976 February 125:7
California drought: Update by The Resources Agency, 1976 May25:8
California drought: Update by The Resources Agency, 1977 February 1525:9
California drought: Governor’s drought conference, 1977 March25:10
California drought: Update by The Resources Agency, 1977 August25:11
California drought: Report on extent, damage, and governmental response, 1977 October 1925:12
California drought: Report on projected economic effects in 1990, 1982 April 1325:13
California drought: Report on preparing for future drought, 2000 July25:14
Special districts, 1974 February 15–1980 February 125:15
Water conservation, 1971 April26:1
Water quality monitoring program, 1956 June26:2
Water resources development: Department of Interior interim report, 1951 January26:3
Water resources development: Corps of Engineers report, 1953 January 126:4
Water resources development: Report on future needs, 1987 November26:5
Miscellaneous reports, 1928–1991

Includes:

Reports on failure of St. Francis dam, 1937 San Miguel fire, chlorination equipment for Cachuma Project, impact of snow augmentation in Sierra Nevada Mountains, and a technical summary of engineering features of Los Banos Grandes Facilities.

26:6
Brochures and articles: League of Women Voters, 1966–1981 and undated

Includes:

Information and opinions on water issues such as Peripheral Canal and SB 200, and a tour of Oroville Dam.

26:7
Brochures and articles: Miscellanea, 1964 February 26–1992 April 27 and undated26:8

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 Series VII: Colorado River, 1926 April 15-2003

Box-folder
Histories and summaries, 1930-193927:1
Histories and summaries, 1945–1947 and undated27:2
Colorado River contracts part 1, 1926 April 15–1946 May 17

Scope and Content:

Contents originally pinned in a folder, documents retain original order.

27:3
Colorado River contracts part 2, 1926 April 15–1946 May 17

Scope and Content:

Contents originally pinned in a folder, documents retain original order.

27:4
Reports and recommendations: Future water requirements, 1944 April 1227:5
Reports and recommendations: Plan for distributing water, 1946 June 727:6
Reports and recommendations: Proposed storage facilities, 1954 August27:7
Reports and recommendations: Water supply of Lower Colorado River Basin, 1952 November28:1
Upper Colorado River Commission first annual report, 1950 March 2028:2
Western Water bulletins, 1959–196128:3
Western Water bulletins, 1962-196428:4
Western Water bulletins, 1968–197728:5
State of Arizona vs. State of California et al.: Appendices to the answer, 195229:1
State of Arizona vs. State of California et al.: Utah’s proposed findings of fact, 1957 October29:2
State of Arizona vs. State of California et al.: Arizona’s proposed findings of fact, 1958 October29:3
State of Arizona vs. State of California et al.: Nevada’s proposed findings of fact, 1958 October29:4
State of Arizona vs. State of California et al.: United States Government’s proposed findings of fact, 1959 October29:5
State of Arizona vs. State of California et al.: Petition for rehearing, 1963 October29:6
Senate hearings: Colorado River water rights, 1948 May 10–1948 May 1429:7
Senate hearings: Central Arizona Project, 1951 March 15–1951 April 1829:8
Senate hearings: Colorado River Basin Project, 1967 March 13–1967 March 1730:1
Senate reports, 1949 August 3–1955 March 25

Includes:

Reports on Bridge Canyon Project, Colorado River Storage Project, and depletion of surface water supplies.

30:2
Boulder Canyon Project: General information, 1941-194530:3
Boulder Canyon Project: All-American Canal water requirements, 1944 May 2030:4
Boulder Canyon Project: Colorado River investigations volume II, 1936 December 1030:5
Boulder Canyon Project: Colorado River investigations volume IV, 1937 January 830:6
Colorado-Big Thompson Project, 196230:7
Water quality control: Need for controlling salinity, 1970 August30:8
Water quality control: Improvement program, 1974 January30:9
Water quality control: 1984 plan, 1984 November31:1
Conferences, 1950, 1997

Includes:

Colorado River Compact 75th anniversary symposium proceedings and sixth annual Colorado River Water Users Conference proceedings.

31:2
Citizens’ Committee for Colorado River Water, 1946 September 6–1946 October 25 and undated31:3
Scrapbook: “Citizen’s Committee for Colorado River Water publicity record,” 1946 September–1946 November67:1
Literature / Brochures, 1950-195931:4
Literature / Brochures, 1995-200331:5
Literature / Brochures, Undated31:6
Articles, 1947 and undated

Includes:

A publicity record book of newspaper articles for San Diego Colorado River Association and a typed press release.

31:7

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 Series VIII: Water Treaties with Mexico, 1944-1983

Box-folder
Six States Committee, Undated

Includes:

A three volume brief in support of the treaty with Mexico.

31:8
Opposition to treaty, 194431:9
Opposition to treaty, 1945 and undated31:10
Senate hearings, 1945 January 22–1945 January 2632:1
Senate hearings, 1945 January 29–1945 February 332:2
Suggested revisions to treaty, 1945 February 5–1945 March 532:3
Allocation of waters under treaty, 1953 May32:4
Proposed Joint International Reclamation Project, 1983 November32:5
Miscellanea, 1946 and undated

Includes:

A water bulletin about flow of Rio Grande into Mexico and a historical summary of the treaty.

32:6

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 Series IX: Subject Files

Box-folder
Atlases, 1951-1978

Includes:

Three Thomas Bros. Atlases marked up with water routes and territories.

32:7
Atlases: “The California water atlas,” 197868:3
American Water Works Association centennial book, 198132:8
Biography: Nathan L. Eggert (SDHS oral history), 1992 September 1932:9
Biography: William Jennings part 1, 1967

Scope and Content:

Transcript of an oral history, originally in a binder.

33:1
Biography: William Jennings part 2, 1967

Scope and Content:

Transcript of an oral history, originally in a binder.

33:2
Biography: Uriah Lott (by J.L. Allhands), 194933:3
Central Arizona Project, 1963 June33:4
“Climate change and U.S. water resources” (by Paul E. Waggoner), 199033:5
Contacts, 1944 December

Includes:

A directory of officials of flood control, reclamation, levee and drainage districts, and municipalities.

33:6
Economic interdependence of western states, 196833:7
Filtered water distribution study, 1973 August33:8
Filtered water distribution study, 1974 April34:1
Geology: “Natural provinces of Southern California,” 197634:2
Headwaters: Control and use, 1936

Includes:

A book of papers presented at Upstream Engineering Conference.

34:3
History articles, 1964, 199334:4
History books: “Coachella Valley’s golden years,” 197834:5
History books: “The stratagems and the aqueducts of Rome,” 192534:6
History books: “Water for the West: The Bureau of Reclamation 1902-1977,” 197934:7
History books: “Water in the West: Western water flows to the cities,” 198734:8
History books: “The San Felipe story,” 198734:9
History pamphlets, 1978

Includes:

Pamphlets from the Bureau of Reclamation on individual states: California, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, and Nevada.

35:1
History pamphlets, 1978

Includes:

Pamphlets from the Bureau of Reclamation on individual states: New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming.

35:2
Hydraulic tables and diagrams (book), 190968:1
Hydroelectric power: Overview and guidelines, 1979-199335:3
Hydroelectric power: HydroWire supplemental edition, 199735:4
Irrigation: “Manual for measurement of irrigation water,” 1946 October35:5
Irrigation: “Pesticide applicators safety manual for irrigation systems,” 198835:6
Irrigation: Report on projects on Rio Grande River, 191935:7
Mortars and concretes, 1932 July35:8
Political Reform Act, 199135:9
Plant life in California, 1979-198036:1
Pumping plants, 197636:2
Reservoir sedimentation surveys, 195336:3
“Ring deflection of buried pipes,” 1966 May 136:4
Snow hydrology, 1956 June 30

Includes:

A report on investigations by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

36:5
Soil preservation: Nitrate removal, 1976 May36:6
Soil preservation: Pervious fences, 1951 February36:7
Soil preservation: Rating California soils, 1936 January

Includes:

Three maps originally accompanying Bulletin 599. Maps are folded.

36:8
Travel: “Down the Colorado” (book), 196968:2
Urban growth in Los Angeles, 1997

Includes:

The book “The Reluctant Metropolis: The Politics of Urban Growth in Los Angeles” by William Fulton.

37:1
Water conservation: National water policy, 1950 June37:2
Water conservation: Water and power resources service project data, 198137:3
Water conservation conference: American Society of Civil Engineers, 1935 March38:1
Water conservation conference: National Manufacturer’s Convention, 1963-1964

Includes:

Handouts and brochures from an envelope labeled: “1st National Manufacturers Convention San Francisco Jan. 1964.”

38:2
Water conservation conference: National Manufacturer’s Convention, 1963-1964

Includes:

Handouts and brochures from an envelope labeled: “1st National Manufacturers Convention San Francisco Jan. 1964.”

38:3
Water education: Metropolitan Education Unit, 2005 December 1638:4
Water education: Wizard of Water Magic Show, 199938:5
Water education: Environmental-based education, 1998-2002

Includes:

A State Education and Environment Roundtable (SEER) report and other literature.

38:6
Water education: California K-12 science content standards, 1998–1999 and undated38:7
Water education: California K-12 history-social science content standards, 199838:8
Water education: Sample curricula materials, 1974–2006 and undated38:9
Water education: San Diego County Water Authority free program brochures, 1996-201038:10
Water education: Brochures, 1989–1992 and undated39:1
Water education: Miscellanea, 1948-2007

Includes:

A SeaWorld Environmental Excellence Award application, and articles on water and youth education.

39:2
Water law: History, 1992

Includes:

The book “To Reclaim A Divided West: Water, La, and Public Policy 1848-1902” by Donald J. Pisani.

39:3
Water law: Trends and directions, 1993

Includes:

The book “Natural Resources Policy and Law: Trends and Directions” edited by Lawrence J. MacDonnell and Sarah F. Bates.

39:4
Water law: Legislation, 1933-1984

Includes:

Copies of Metropolitan Water District Act, County Water Authority Act, Municipal Water District Act, and a binder of Senate and Assembly bills from 1982-1984.

39:5
Water law: “General comparison of California Water District acts,” 1973 November39:6
Water law: Reclamation Project Act of 1939, 1946-1948

Includes:

Hearings on proposed amendments to the act and a bill relating to the sale of electric power and lease of power privileges under the act.

40:1
Water law: Water Resources Policy Commission, 1950-196840:2
Water law: Clean water action plan, 199840:3
Water law: House Subcommittee to Study Civil Works, 195240:4
Water law: Miscellanea, 1951-1964

Includes:

Bills on water rights, states’ interests, and Fryingpan-Arkansas Project in Colorado.

40:5
Water monitoring: General handbooks, 1992-200140:6
Water monitoring: Estuary monitoring methods manual, 199340:7
Water monitoring: Stream monitoring methods manual, 199741:1
Water monitoring: Wetlands monitoring resource guide, 200141:2
Water monitoring: Quality assurance project plans, 199641:3
Water monitoring: Newsletters and brochures, 1993-200441:4
Water reclamation: Reports, 1949-1950

Includes:

Report on sewage reclamation in Los Angeles County with associated correspondence.

41:5
Water reclamation: Reports, 1957-1982

Includes:

Reports on study of wastewater reclamation by State Water Pollution Control Board, health aspects of reclamation by Department of Health, and use of wiped-film rotating-disk evaporators.

41:6
Water reclamation: Los Angeles plan for water reuse, 1963 July41:7
Water reclamation: International wastewater treatment plant, 1996 September41:8
Water reclamation: San Diego River Basin planning and development study, 1989 October42:1
Water reclamation: UC Berkeley conference, 1956 January42:2
Water reclamation: Symposium on water supply and water reuse, 1991 June42:3
Water reclamation: Board workshop East Bay Municipal Utility District, 1991 July 2042:4
Water repurification feasibility study part 1 (deconstructed binder), 1994 May42:5
Water repurification feasibility study part 2 (deconstructed binder), 1994 May43:1
Water repurification feasibility study part 3 (deconstructed binder), 1994 May43:2
“Water resources and economic development of the West” conference, 1966 December43:3
Water rights: “They would rule the valley” (book), 194743:4
“Water rights: Scarce resource allocation, bureaucracy, and the environment” (book), 198343:5
Water rights: “Understanding water rights and conflicts” (book), 198743:6
Western Water Review Advisory Committee, 1998

Includes:

A report on challenges for the next century.

43:7

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