Course: GEOG 472. Water Transfers in the American West (3)
Prerequisites: GEOG 370 or GEOG 365/L or permission of instructor; Instructor consent required for graduate students. This course examines the scientific foundations of water transfers across the American West, with special emphasis on California. The course examines the nature and implications of climate variability over the past 200 years and then, after California’s accession to the United States in 1850, the changing demands for water from agriculture, industry, and population growth. The physical, social, economic and legal implications of water transfers from distant locations, such as the Owens Valley and Colorado River, to thirsty farmlands and growing cities, and the need for water conservation, are explored. Available for graduate credit.