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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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Gateway to the Hydraulic Age

Gateway to the Hydraulic Age

Water Politics, 1920–1935

(p.235) 9 Gateway to the Hydraulic Age
Water and American Government

Donald J. Pisani

University of California Press

This chapter studies flood control, irrigation, and transportation. It shows that the Boulder Dam eventually became the typical American dam: it stood two hundred feet taller than the Washington Monument and had greater storage capacity. The dam also became a symbol of technological mastery and created an illusion of efficiency and planning. However, the dam also brought an age of policy drift. The chapter then discusses the great Mississippi flood of 1927, before it examines the various high dams that were built after the Boulder Dam was finished. It shows that these dams did not lead to a logical federal water policy.

Keywords:   flood control, irrigation, transportation, Boulder Dam, policy drift, Mississippi flood, high dams, federal water policy

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