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Battling the Inland Sea : Floods, Public Policy, and the Sacremento Valley

Battling the Inland Sea : Floods, Public Policy, and the Sacremento Valley - 89 edition

Battling the Inland Sea : Floods, Public Policy, and the Sacremento Valley - 89 edition

ISBN13: 9780520214286

ISBN10: 0520214285

Battling the Inland Sea : Floods, Public Policy, and the Sacremento Valley by Robert Lloyd Kelley and David S. Kennedy - ISBN 9780520214286
Edition: 89
Copyright: 1989
Publisher: University of California Press
Published: 1989
International: No
Battling the Inland Sea : Floods, Public Policy, and the Sacremento Valley by Robert Lloyd Kelley and David S. Kennedy - ISBN 9780520214286

ISBN13: 9780520214286

ISBN10: 0520214285

Summary

In its natural condition the Sacramento Valley was a flood-ravaged region where an inland sea a hundred miles long regularly formed during the rainy season, to drain slowly away by the summer months. Today the Valley is marvelously productive, with a great capital city at its center, but only after a seventy-year struggle to devise and build an intricate thousand miles of levees and drains. Robert Kelley sets that battle within the encompassing national political culture, which produced, through the Republican and Democratic parties, widely diverging ideas about how best to reclaim the Valley from flood. He draws on approaches developed in the field of policy analysis to examine the relationship between American political culture and environmental policy-making. We find that the prolonged controversy over the Sacramento Valley illuminates American decision-making, then and now.