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Water and American GovernmentThe Reclamation Bureau, National Water Policy, and the West, 1902-1935$
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Donald Pisani

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780520230309

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520230309.001.0001

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Retrospect and Significance

(p.272) 10 Conclusion
Water and American Government

Donald J. Pisani

University of California Press

This concluding chapter summarizes the relevant points on the Reclamation Act and the federal water policies. It states that from 1902 until 1935, the federal water policies showed consistent attitudes toward nature. These policies aimed to change “natural resources” into manageable, measurable, and predictable units, as well as products that could be sold, traded, and bought. It then identifies several constraints that limited the scope and scale of water projects, including the absence of markets for power. It also introduces the concept of continental imperialism and studies the significance of the Federal Reclamation. American federalism and the idea of planned settlement are also discussed.

Keywords:   Reclamation Act, federal water policy, natural resources, constraints, water projects, markets for power, continental imperialism, Federal Reclamation, American federalism, planned settlement

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