Aqueduct empire a guide to water in California its turbulent history and its management today by Edwin Cooper. EDWIN COOPER.

Aqueduct empire a guide to water in California its turbulent history and its management today by Edwin Cooper. Glendale, California: The Arthur H. Clark Company, 1968. 23.4x15.5 cm, pp. [1-2: blank] [1-11] 12-14 [15-19] 20-439 [440], 32 illustrations, 1 map (folded), original brown cloth, spine panel stamped in gold, top edge stained gray. First edition. Issued as "Western Lands and Waters Series VII." A well-organized, readable account of the problems, attempted solutions of the past, and the progress of current projects to satisfy California's water needs. The first three chapters, "Water -- Too Much and Too Little," "Exploiters, Planners, Builders" and "Owens River Water for Los Angeles," pp. [19]-68, provide an excellent historical introduction to the early use and misuse of the state's water resources, including water for agriculture and mining, formation of irrigation districts (Wright Act, 1887, revised and strengthened, 1897), legislation by state and federal agencies (Reclamation Act, 1902; California State Engineering Department created, 1907), the publication of the seminal Marshall "Report" in 1920, and more legislation (Department of Public Works created, with Division of Water Rights, and Division of Engineering and Irrigation, 1921; Municipal Utility District Act and Public Utility District Act, 1921; Boulder Dam Act, 1928; Division of Water Resources formed within the Department of Public Works, 1929; First "State Water Plan" [Bulletin 25] published, 1931; Water Resources Act, 1945). "The most significant, single volume on California to appear in many a year ..." (San Francisco Chronicle). A major popular background work, along with Sidney T. Harding's more technical Water in California (Palo Alto, California: N-P Publications, 1960), "today's definitive resume of California's water history and water status, by an eminent engineer" (Cooper). A fine copy in fine dust jacket. Prospectus laid in. (#166288).

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