Myths of California Water: Virtual Tour


California’s water system would work well if it weren’t for subsidized agriculture.


Not only have most of today’s farmers already paid for water subsidies through higher land prices, but eliminating these subsidies is not the only way to encourage farmers to conserve water.

Topics Map

Delta Mendota Canal
Tomatoes Harvest
Crops Grown in Westlands Water District Zoom in
Crops Grown in Westlands Water District Zoom out

Further Reading

  • Hanak, E., J. Lund, A. Dinar, B. Gray, R. Howitt, J. Mount, P. Moyle, Barton “Buzz” Thompson (2010), “Myths of California Water – Implications and Reality,” West-Northwest Journal of Environmental Law and Policy, Vol. 16, No. 1, Winter 2010.
  • Quinn, Nigel W.T., Linneman, J. Christopher, & Tanji, Kenneth K.(2006). The San Joaquin Valley Westside Perspective. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Retrieved from:
  • US Dept of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation. 2008. DRAFT EIA – Transfer of Stored Water from Westlands Water District to Semitropic Water Storage District
  • USGS 2008. Technical analysis of in-valley drainage management strategies for the western San Joaquin Valley, California
  • Westlands Water District. 2006. Annual Report