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A report on land use in California in order to determine changing needs for water management.
The purpose of the 1971 California Department of Water Resources (DWR) Bulletin No. 176 was to bring the wealth of land information assembled by the DWR over a 20-year period to the attention of public and private planning groups. The DWR and it's predecessor agencies had conducted surveys to monitor the development of California's lands in order to determine the changing needs for water management. In the preceding 20 years, population in California had doubled, resulting in an average annual increase in urban land of more than 50,000 ares and an increase in total irrigated acreage of 20 percent. The survey data provided a basis for developing an understanding of the historic interrelationships between growth factors and the consequences of land use conversion.
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"1971 - DWR Bulletin 176, Land Use in California, An Index to Surveys Conducted by the California Department of Water Resources 1950-1970" (2018). Miscellaneous Documents and Reports. 52.