Myths of California Water: Virtual Tour


We can conserve our way out of California’s water problems.


Water conservation is important, but its effectiveness is often overstated.

Topics Map

Returned water
Agriculture Conservation
Xeriscaped yard

Further Reading

  • Clemmens, A. J., R. G. Allen, and C. M. Burt (2008), Technical concepts related to conservation of irrigation and rainwater in agricultural systems, Water Resources Research, 44, W00E03, doi:10.1029/2007WR006095.
  • 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.
  • Hanson BR, et al. July-September 2009. Drip irrigation provides the salinity control needed for profitable irrigation of tomatoes in the San Joaquin Valley. Cal Ag 63(3) 131-136
  • Jenkins, M.W., J.R. Lund, R.E. Howitt, A.J. Draper, S.M. Msangi, S.K. Tanaka, R.S. Ritzema, and G.F. Marques, “Optimization of California’s Water System: Results and Insights,” Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, Vol. 130, No. 4, pp. 271-280, July 2004.
  • Scheierling , S.M., R.A. Young, G.E. Cardon, 2006. Public Subsidies for water-conserving irrigation investments; Hydrologic, agronomic, and economic assessment. Water Resources Research , 42, W03428, doi:10.1029/2004WR003809.
  • Ward, F.A. and M. Pulido-Velazquez (2008), “Water conservation in irrigation can increase water use,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Vol. 105, No. 47, pp. 18215-18220.