Report of the Board of Commissioners on the Irrigation of the San Joaquin, Tulare, and Sacramento Valleys of the State of California
United States. Board of Commissioners on the Irrigation of the San Joaquin, Tulare, and Sacramento Valleys of the State of California
U.S. Government Printing Office, 1874 - California - 91 pages
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Page 90 - That whenever, by priority of possession, rights to the use of water for mining, agricultural, manufacturing, or other purposes have vested and accrued, and the same are recognized and acknowledged by the local customs, laws, and the decisions of the courts, the possessors and owners of such vested rights shall be maintained and protected in the same...
Page 90 - ... to establish, collect, and receive rates, water rents, or tolls, which shall be subject to regulation by the board of supervisors of the county or counties in which the work is situated, but which shall not be reduced by the supervisors so low as to yield to the stockholders less than one and one-half per cent per month upon the capital actually invested.
Page 1 - Lands and ordered to be printed. To the Senate and House of Representatives : I have the honor to transmit herewith...
Page 79 - As a matter of public policy, it is desirable that the land and water should be joined together, never to be cut asunder; that the farmers should enjoy in perpetuity the use of the water necessary for the irrigation of their respective lands; that when the land is sold, the right to water shall also be sold with it, and that neither should be sold separately.
Page 78 - While these surveys are being made, we think it would be a step in the right direction if the government of the United States, as well as of the State of California, would inaugurate measures for obtaining from foreign countries all possible information relating to the more modern systems of irrigation in these countries, and for disseminating this information throughout this country.
Page 90 - Every water or canal corporation must construct and keep in good repair, at all times, for public use, across their canal, flume, or water-pipe, all of the bridges that the board of supervisors of the county in which such canal is situated may require, the bridges being on the lines of public highways and necessary for public use in connection with such highways; and all water-works must be so laid and constructed as not to obstruct public highways.
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Page 83 - The money transactions of the society are under a cashier, who has to give a security for !M,(XXJ, and who is responsible for all connected with the cash. His chest has three keys, of which he keeps one, the director-general another, and the third is held by the largest shareholder of the society who is a member of the general assembly and happens to live in Vercelli. Money is issued on the checks of the director-general, and once a month he and the member who keeps the third key of the cash-box...
Page 73 - ... report of the commissioners so liberally quoted, and to Mr. Estee's presentation of the subject, that we deem it for the interest of those most deeply concerned in the solution of this great problem, to content ourselves with the effort to extend their benefits. The Commissioners have thus counted the cost of irrigation: Before making an estimate of the cost of canals, it is necessary to inquire how much water is required to irrigate an acre of land. It will readily be understood that the quantity...
Page 78 - That the experience of other countries appears to prove that no extensive system of irrigation can ever be devised or executed by the farmers themselves, in consequence of the impossibility of forming proper combinations or associations for that purpose. That, while small enterprises may be undertaken by the farmers in particular cases, it would not be in accordance with the experience of the world to expect of them the means or inclination to that co-operation which would be necessary to construct...