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Land development, water systems and water management in California and, more specifically, the Salinas Valley Groundwater Basin from the Aboriginal period to the present.
Beginning with the Aboriginal era through the Spanish, Mexican and United States eras, maps and governmental documents reflect the state of knowledge concerning California (and the Salinas Valley) along with the driving needs and policies that determined how water was used and managed. By examining the maps, it is possible to determine the state of knowledge in Europe (and later in the United States) as it related to the physical and geographical attributes of California prior to colonization and subsequently throughout the Spanish and Mexican periods. Governmental documents provide a window to how land was used and granted during the Spanish and Mexican eras and the patenting process during the United States period. Documents and land use data further reveal the increased use of land and ensuing development and use of water systems in the Salinas Valley Groundwater Basin.
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"2017 – The Development of the Land Tenure and Water Systems in California and Specifically in the Salinas Valley Groundwater Basin [Draft]" (2017). Related Research and Documents. 5.