Retrospect and Significance
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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