The California legislature established Stockton East Water District in 1948 to ensure proper management of the underground water basin and provide supplemental water supplies. The District provides surface water for both agricultural and urban uses, and encourages the continued expansion of surface water diversions instead of pumping groundwater for the benefit of the groundwater basin. By providing surface water for agricultural irrigation, the District supports a reliable water supply for a San Joaquin County’s agricultural industry, that is the area’s leading economic activity.

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