The Search for Water Started in San Diegos Early History
From the Kumeyaay to Alonzo Horton to Ed Fletcher, the history of San Diego is tied to the search for a lasting water supply. We speak to KPBS producer Pat Finn about the history and politics of water
Tom Fudge: Whiskey is for drinking. Water is for fighting over. Mark Twain said that. You may know he was once a journalist in California. In fact, fighting over water is a big part of the history and lore of this state. Think about that iconic American film, set in drought-plagued Los Angeles, called Chinatown .
It's impossible to understand the history of Southern California without knowing something about the history of water use and water provision.
If you are interested in learning more about our local water crisis, we've created a page on our Web site with videos, interactive graphs, slideshows, the reporter's features, as well as a water conservation quiz. To check it all out, go to www.kpbs.org/tappedout .
- Pat Finn , producer for KPBS.