Philip Garone earned a Ph.D. in History and an M.S. in Ecology from the University of California, Davis. He is currently Associate Professor of History at California State University, Stanislaus, where he teaches California, Environmental, Western, and U.S. history. He has published on the environmental history of the Central Valley of California as well as challenges to the management of public lands in the face of climate change. He recently completed an environmental history of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta for the California Delta Protection Commission, and is beginning a new book project on the terminal lakes of the Great Basin.

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California’s hydraulic infrastructure has vaulted the state’s development forward, creating a thriving agricultural economy and supporting a population that now exceeds 38 million. But this entire infrastructure—a vast system of dams, reservoirs, and canals designed to transport water around the state—has been based on the …

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