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Monterey County’s Water War: A Podcast

Monterey County’s Water War: A Podcast
May 2018
Podcast by the Bill Lane Center for the American West

A podcast on the history of water politics in Monterey County, California. A decades-long fight for the control of water has divided this quaint ocean county into two sides—one in support of private ownership of water, the other for public. This podcast provides a background on some of the most important aspects of this battle.


Water is a scarce resource in the Monterey peninsula. How are the problems manifested in the local communities? How do local communities handle the water shortage? Were they successful, and what were the obstacles in addressing water problems in the area? Through interviews, literature review, and background material research, Maggie and Jack conducted an ethnography study to identify the main pressing water issues in the area.

The Bill Lane Center for the American West, in collaboration with the office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education (VPUE), offers on-campus research opportunities for Stanford undergraduates to work with faculty on projects related to the American West. We welcome students from a wide variety of disciplines to engage with issues related to western land and life in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.


Produced by Maggie Bruck and Jack Seigenthaler, summer 2017 research assistants for the Bill Lane Center for the American West.

Music by Allister Thompson, Lobo Loco, and Ketsa via the Free Music Archive.


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