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Sarah S. Elkind

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780807834893

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807869116_elkind

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Private Power At Hoover Dam

Private Power At Hoover Dam

Utilities, Government Power, and Political Realism, 1920–1928

(p.117) Chapter Four Private Power At Hoover Dam
How Local Politics Shape Federal Policy

Sarah S. Elkind

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses Hoover Dam, known as Boulder Dam before it was built. Hoover Dam is widely regarded as the archetype of American high dams. Because American engineers have participated in overseas assistance projects, Hoover Dam has been emulated not only across the West, but also around the world. Just as Whittier Narrows Dam reflects Long Beach's desires, Hoover Dam bears some imprint of the Imperial Valley irrigation interests that spawned it. Much of Southern California receives drinking water and electricity from the dam, but the Imperial Valley receives more benefits than any other region. Nearly three-quarters of California's allotment of the Colorado River flows to the Imperial Irrigation District; urban electricity consumers subsidize irrigation costs.

Keywords:   Hoover Dam, Boulder Dam, American high dams, American engineers, overseas assistance projects

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