An Overview of Water History in the Redlands Area from 1880-1910 and its Relevance to the Current Water Issue in the City of Redlands

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water, Redlands, California, water supply, urban planning, environmental studies


Earth Sciences | Environmental Policy | Environmental Sciences | Geography | Place and Environment | United States History | Urban Studies and Planning | Water Resource Management


Among all the practical problems confronting the people of the arid lands of the southwestern United States, the establishment of an adequate water supply easily stands first in importance. Although our present water supply cannot be considered endangered, the history of water resources and their distribution thereof has been a particularly colorful chapter in the development and history of the Southwest. No single development has been of such great importance to the progress of Southern California as that of water--its supply and economical use. The availability of water has allowed the population to increase dramatically, has changed the values of land in the region and has shaped the pattern of settlement. Water was and is indeed the lifeblood that has allowed Southern California to prosper. The limit of water supply has marked the boundary of possible progress, and progress for many of the early inhabitants of Southern California was to be achieved at all costs.

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