Conjunctive Water Use Transforms a California Desert

by Tom Levy,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: North American Water and Environment Congress & Destructive Water


An area doing multi-billion dollar recreational and agricultural business in the Southern California Sonoran desert owes its existence and well being to two things—wise water planning and management and conjunctive use of water. The region in question is known best as the Palm Springs resort area whose beginnings go back to the 30s when Hollywood stars sought quiet, sunny respite from the rigors of grinding studio shooting schedules and bright lights. This desert playground is part of the greater Coachella Valley where early water planners set up the framework that assured healthy expansion of the tourism industry as well as one of the richest and most productive agricultural areas in the world.

Subject Headings: Water management | Water-based recreation | Arid lands | Water use | Irrigation water | Business management | Light rail transit | Wells (water) | California | United States

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