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This book is an account of how water rights were designed as a key part of the state’s largest public water system, the Central Valley Project. Along sixty miles of the San Joaquin River, from Gustine to Mendota, four corporate entities called “exchange contractors” retain paramount water rights to the river. Their rights descend from the days of the Miller & Lux Cattle Company, which amassed an empire of land and water from the 1850s through the 1920s and protected these assets through business deals and prolific litigation. Miller & Lux’s dominance of the river relied on what many in the San Joaquin Valley regarded as wasteful irrigation practices and unreasonable water usage. Economic and political power in California’s present water system was born of this monopoly on water control. Stroshane tells how drought and legal conflict shaped statewide economic development and how the grand bargain of a San Joaquin River water exchange was struck from this monopoly legacy, setting the stage for future water wars. His analysis will appeal to readers interested in environmental studies and public policy.
 

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
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  1. List of Illustrations
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. Introduction
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  1. 1. Artificial Cascades
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  1. 2. Mere Trespassers and Monopolists
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  1. 3. Showdown at the Calloway Canal
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  1. 4. The Dead Hand of Henry Miller
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  1. 5. A Large Permanent Usefulness
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  1. 6. District, Rule, Decree
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  1. 7. A Lawsuit Is a Poor Match for a Dam
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  1. 8. Junior and Senior Partners
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  1. 9. Glass Half Full
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  1. 10. Parable, Prophecy, Present
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  1. Appendix A. Summaries of Key Miller & Lux-related San Joaquin River California Supreme Court Cases
  2. pp. 203-208
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  1. Appendix B. Text of Proposition 7 from 1928 California Constitution
  2. p. 209
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  1. Appendix C. Authorities
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  1. References
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  1. Index
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ISBN
9780874170016
Related ISBN(s)
9781943859061, 9781943859214
MARC Record
OCLC
952227041
Pages
246
Launched on MUSE
2017-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No

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