Course: Science Subtest I
Lesson: Earth's Resources
Topic: California's Fresh Water      Page 32 of 39  

Mono Lake was partially drained by a 1941 extension of the Los Angeles Aqueduct and became a battleground in the so-called California water wars.

Other water transport and storage projects built to provide cities with drinking water include the Colorado River Aqueduct (built between 1933 and 1941, to serve southern California) and the first Mokelumne Aqueduct (completed in 1929, to serve the eastern side of the San Francisco Bay Area).

Of course, California’s population continued to grow, and did so at a fantastic rate after World War II. The influx of workers who found jobs in the defense and computer industries contributed to a steep rise in both industrial and municipal water use.