Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water, Revised Edition

5 Nov

Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water, Revised Edition

Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water, Revised Edition

Language: English

Pages: 608

ISBN: 0140178244

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

"Beautifully written and meticulously researched."—St. Louis Post-Dispatch. This updated study of the economics, politics, and ecology of water covers more than a century of public and private desert reclamation in the American West.













Kendrick Project—it was in Wyoming. Rudy was totally tongue-tied. You could read the exasperation on those committee members’ faces. Neilson ran up to the front of the room and said, ‘Mr. Chairman, Mr. Chairman, Floyd’s here.’ ‘Floyd’s here.’ No introduction, no last name, nothing. I was mad as a bull with a spear in his back, but I know how to channel anger. I walked to that witness dock and said, ‘Mr. Chairman, my name is Floyd Elgin Dominy. I am not an engineer. I’d be happy to tell you about

movement of unprecedented flows of water over unprecedented distances at unprecedented expense, the investigation would need someone of unusual vision and character to lead it, and Mike Straus and Bill Warne would have to go outside the Bureau to locate him. The found him in Bogotá, Colombia, building dams for the descendants of conquistadors. His name was Stanford P. McCasland. Stan McCasland had worked in the planning division of the Bureau for some years. He quit, evidently, because the

or five miles apart. Teton was south of the river and above it; it would be spared, barely. Wilford was just north of the river at bank elevation. A few miles beyond Wilford was Sugar City, and six miles farther down was Rexburg, a community of eight thousand people. Another sixty river miles beyond was Idaho Falls, population 35,776, the third-largest town in Idaho. All four towns were going to absorb a direct hit, but none would be hit like Wilford. When road atlases were republished a year

spillways of Hopkins, Harry Howells, William Dean Howland, O. G. Howland, Seneca Huber, Walter Hull, Cordell Humphrey, Hubert Huntington, Henry Huxley, Aldous Ickes, Harold Grand Coulee Dam and Parker Dam and Tulare Basin rivers and Idaho agriculture in Burns Creek Project in droughts in geologic history of groundwater of NAWAPA and northern vs. southern Teton Dam and Idaho Falls, Idaho Imperial Dam Imperial Valley, Calif. Colorado River and Hoover Dam and Imperial

required was “a week of Italian work.” Los Angeles now had most of what it needed, but Mulholland still wanted some additional water rights in order to kill the Reclamation project once and for all. Within hours of receiving Eaton’s telegram, he was frantically organizing an expedition of prominent Los Angeleans to the Owens Valley, using the pretext that they were investors interested in developing a resort. The group included Mayor Owen McAleer and two prominent members of the water

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