Rivers by Design: State Power and the Origins of U.S. Flood Control

Rivers by Design: State Power and the Origins of U.S. Flood Control

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by Karen M. O'Neill, Karen M. O'Neill, O'Neill
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822337606

ISBN-13: 9780822337607

Pub. Date: 05/03/2006

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

The United States has one of the largest and costliest flood control systems in the world, even though only a small proportion of its land lies in floodplains. Rivers by Design traces the emergence of the mammoth U.S. flood management system, which is overseen by the federal government but implemented in conjunction with state governments and local

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The United States has one of the largest and costliest flood control systems in the world, even though only a small proportion of its land lies in floodplains. Rivers by Design traces the emergence of the mammoth U.S. flood management system, which is overseen by the federal government but implemented in conjunction with state governments and local contractors and levee districts. Karen M. O’Neill analyzes the social origins of the flood control program, showing how the system initially developed as a response to the demands of farmers and the business elite in outlying territories. The configuration of the current system continues to reflect decisions made in the nineteenth century and early twentieth. It favors economic development at the expense of environmental concerns.

O’Neill focuses on the creation of flood control programs along the lower Mississippi River and the Sacramento River, the first two rivers to receive federal flood control aid. She describes how, in the early to mid-nineteenth century, planters, shippers, and merchants from both regions campaigned for federal assistance with flood control efforts. She explains how the federal government was slowly and reluctantly drawn into water management to the extent that, over time, nearly every river in the United States was reengineered. Her narrative culminates in the passage of the national Flood Control Act of 1936, which empowered the Army Corps of Engineers to build projects for all navigable rivers in conjunction with local authorities, effectively ending nationwide, comprehensive planning for the protection of water resources.

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ISBN-13:
9780822337607
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
05/03/2006
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1Infrastructure builds the state3
Ch. 2The founding principles of river development13
Ch. 3The Mississippi River : becoming the nation's river31
Ch. 4The Mississippi River : resentment leading to Civil War43
Ch. 5The Mississippi River : postwar reunification, postwar aid56
Ch. 6The Sacramento River : miners versus farmers68
Ch. 7The Sacramento River : capitalists unify for development80
Ch. 8Federal aid for the Mississippi and Sacramento Rivers99
Ch. 9The fully designed river128
Ch. 10A nationwide program for flood control150
Ch. 11Rivers by design179
App. 1Mississippi Valley River improvement conventions187
App. 2Mississippi River Levee Association, executive committee197

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