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Water from the Colorado River
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Irrigation By the application of water upon desert spaces, the energetic people of Southern California have transformed this region into one of the richest horticultural and agricultural centers in the world. Water for this intense crop production has been secured by pumping enormous quantities of water from underground supplies that required centuries for Nature to accumulate. Annual rains are capable of maintaining little more than desert plant life. The following table reveals the amazing record of agricultural development in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, included in the Metropolitan area: 190 1910 1920 1930 $15,470,000 $32,849,000 $133,688,000 $175,128,000 Note: The above crop figures are taken from U. S. Census and County Agricultural Commissioners reports, compiled by the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce. Virtually every dollar of this agricultural production is dependent upon an abundant and reliable water supply. Colorado River water is required to maintain the present state of development . . . and to support a reasonable increase in citrus and farm production in the future. So rapid and intense has been the development of rural areas of Southern California that the demand for water in these sections frequently is as acute as in the cities. The habitable area of the Coastal Plain is largely urban in the making. In this territory the farms of yesterday are the towns of today. Accordingly, provision of a water supply for domestic and municipal purposes in the Metropolitan District must include a supply for existing cities and for adjacent areas soon to assume urban conditions. Page TWENTY-SEVEN

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