Battling the Inland Sea: Floods, Public Policy, and the by Robert Kelley,David N. Kennedy

By Robert Kelley,David N. Kennedy

In its normal situation the Sacramento Valley was once a flood-ravaged zone the place an inland sea 100 miles lengthy on a regular basis shaped through the wet season, to empty slowly away by means of the summer time months. at the present time the Valley is marvelously effective, with a very good capital urban at its heart, yet in simple terms after a seventy-year fight to plan and construct an complex thousand miles of levees and drains. Robert Kelley units that conflict in the encompassing nationwide political tradition, which produced, throughout the Republican and Democratic events, greatly diverging rules approximately how top to reclaim the Valley from flood. He attracts on methods built within the box of coverage research to check the connection among American political tradition and environmental policy-making. we discover that the lengthy controversy over the Sacramento Valley illuminates American decision-making, then and now.

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