Soaking Uncle Sam

Why Westlands Water District's New Contract is All Wet

September 14, 2005

Soaking Uncle Sam: References

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[5] US Bureau of Reclamation. 2005. Long-term renewal contract between the United States and Westlands Water District providing for project water service. Available at:

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