University of California

Historical perspective on salinity and drainage problems in California


Robert L. Kelley
Ronald L. Nye

Authors Affiliations

Robert L. Kelley is Professor, Department of History, University of California, Santa Barbara; Ronald L. Nye is an advanced doctoral student in the department, specializing in California salinity problems, and a consulting historian in water management history.

Publication Information

Hilgardia 38(10):4-6. DOI:10.3733/ca.v038n10p4. October 1984.

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Salinity and drainage problems have plagued agriculture in California from the time irrigation was introduced in the second half of the nineteenth century. The emergence and spread of such problems, and the variety of ways in which irrigators and public agencies have responded to them, may be traced in the histories of the Imperial and San Joaquin valleys.

Kelley R, Nye R. 1984. Historical perspective on salinity and drainage problems in California. Hilgardia 38(10):4-6. DOI:10.3733/ca.v038n10p4
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