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1 Calif. L. Rev. 148 (1912-1913)
Water Bill Proposed by the Conservation Commission of California

handle is hein.journals/calr1 and id is 156 raw text is: The Water Bill Proposed by the Conser-
vation Commission of California
T HE Conservation Commission of California was created in
1911.1 One of its duties is to prepare and recommend to
the Legislature laws, statutes, and constitutional amendments
revising, systematizing, and reforming the laws of this State
upon forestry, water, the use of water, water power, electricity,
electrical and other power ...   ..... .It has prepared a
draft of an act providing for a Water Commission to con--
trol the appropriation of water and to ascertain existing water
The office of State Engineer was established by the Califor-
nia Legislature in 1878 for the acquirement of data upon which
the State might formulate a policy and frame legislation respect-
ing irrigation matters.'2  Although the office continued for
ten years and assembled much valuable data, it was unsuccess-
ful in securing any new legislation.
In 1900 the California Water and Iorest Association in co-
operation with Irrigation Investigations of the United States
Department of Agriculture made a study 3 of water right con-
ditions on eight typical California streams, and in 1902 prepared
a draft of a water code for submission to the Legislature of
1903. The antagonism to the proposed bill was so bitter that it
was not introduced.
Although earlier efforts have failed, it has been generally
recognized that Legislation regarding water rights is necessary
to a businesslike development of the water resources of the
State. The only statutes bearing upon the priority of water
I Calif. Stat. 1911, p. 822.
2 Irrigation Development, William Ham Hall, State Engineer (1886),
Pt. 1, p. 12.
3U. S. Dept. Agr., Office Exp. Sta. Bull. 100.

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