Water Rights, Water Development, & Growth Issues in Goleta, California

by Daniel Wendell, Goleta Water District, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Optimizing the Resources for Water Management


The Goleta Valley and Santa Barbara areas of southern California are highly desirable places to live. In the past, relatively uncontrolled growth of the Goleta Valley area led to a gradual deterioration in the quality of for many of the residents. Unable to control growth of this unincorporated area through the County, a slow-growth group took control of the local Water Board and instituted defacto growth control via a moratorium on new water service connections. Costly litigation soon followed. Resulting battles over water have aggravated water supply problems and are in part responsible for burdensome rationing during the current drought. Growth control and water supply issues are becoming increasingly common in California, especially along the southern coast.

Subject Headings: Water shortage | Water rights | Water supply | Water resources | Municipal water | Water conservation | Water policy | Light rail transit | California | United States

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