Resources: C-WIN’s most current research documents

The Research and Further Study



For researchers, policy wonks and deeply concerned citizens, here are quick-links to our most current and important research documents.

Only our most recent reports are listed here. Please contact us for older documents.

C-WIN Paper Water Quantification Study Tim Stroshane, 2012
The first study to show the over-allocation of California Delta water resources.
Full Testimony

UC Davis Quantification Study Theodore E. Grantham and Joshua H. Viers, 2014
The UC Davis study demonstrating the over-allocation of California’s water.
Full Report

C-WIN Santa Barbara Report Arve Sjovold and Carolee Krieger, 2017
An analysis of the costs to Santa Barbara county of contracting with the State Water Project.
Full Testimony

UC Davis Public Trust Report Richard M. Frank, 2012
An analysis of Public Trust law.
Full Report

Stanford Law Center Water Management Study Earth Law Center, 2017
An analysis of present-day impacts of California’s water rights laws and management policies.
Full Report



Impeccable scholarship and great reading, look to these titles to understand water in the context of California’s colorful history.

The Dreamt Land Mark Arax, 2019
"[An] exhaustive, deeply reported account... Few other journalists could have written a book as personal and authoritative... As Arax makes plain in this important book, it's been the same story in California for almost two centuries now: When it comes to water, 'the resource is finite. The greed isn't.'"—Gary Krist, The New York Times Book Review

The Great Thirst Norris Hundley, Jr., 2001
The obsession with water has shaped California to a remarkable extent, literally as well as politically and culturally. Hundley tells how aboriginal Americans and then early Spanish and Mexican immigrants contrived to use and share the available water and how American settlers, arriving in ever-increasing numbers after the Gold Rush, transformed California into the home of the nation's preeminent water seekers. The desire to use, profit from, manipulate, and control water drives the people and events in this fascinating narrative until, by the end of the twentieth century, a large, colorful cast of characters and communities has wheeled and dealed, built, diverted, and connived its way to an entirely different statewide waterscape.

Cadillac Desert Marc Reisner, 1993
The story of the American West is the story of a relentless quest for a precious resource: water. It is a tale of rivers diverted and dammed, of political corruption and intrigue, of billion-dollar battles over water rights, of ecological and economic disaster. In his landmark book, Cadillac Desert, Marc Reisner writes of the earliest settlers, lured by the promise of paradise, and of the ruthless tactics employed by Los Angeles politicians and business interests to ensure the city's growth. He documents the bitter rivalry between two government giants, the Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in the competition to transform the West. Based on more than a decade of research, Cadillac Desert is a stunning expose and a dramatic, intriguing history of the creation of an Eden--an Eden that may only be a mirage.

California: A History Kevin Starr, 2007
From the age of exploration to the age of Arnold, the Golden State’s premier historian distills the entire sweep of California’s history into one splendid volume.