California Water Wars Spotlight: Imperial Valley Water Rights

Outlet: US Independent Voter Network

April 5, 2012

The Imperial Valley gets 20% of all the water from the Colorado River – more than Nevada and Colorado combined – and produces 80% of the country’s winter vegetables. Virtually all its water comes from the Colorado. The water is pumped in from the massive Imperial Dam on the border of California and Arizona. The dam was completed in 1938. The water rights of the Imperial Valley precede that by decades. This is a primary reason why Imperial Valley agriculture is so productive.