2000 - A Line Through the Past – Historical and Ethnographic Background for the Branch Canal, California State Water Project, Coastal Branch Series Paper Number 1.
This 2000 publication of the San Luis Obispo County Archaeological Society documents the major prehistoric and historic studies carried out in connection with the California State Water Project, Coastal Branch, Phase II. The State Water Project delivers water from the California Aqueduct to San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties. The California Department of Parks and Recreation along with various cultural resource management firms, conducted the cultural resources studies and reports for the State Water Project.
2003, April – Land Use History and Mapping in California’s Central Coast Region; Report No. WI-2003-03; Newman, W. B, Watson, F.G.R,
Land use change has a long history in the region, which once held the State Capitol at Monterey. The region been transformed several times, following the introduction of Europeans and their grain crops in the 1800s, the development of groundwater-based irrigation in the late 1920s, and the expansion of vineyards and urban areas in more recent years.
Land management must be aware of the history of the land, and of its current spatial state. The early chapters of this report review the major land use systems of the region and their history. The latter chapter presents a new remotely sensed land use map of the region. The report was prepared within the context of sediment source analyses (Watson et al., 2003). Reference is made to erosion from certain land types where appropriate.