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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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The Triumph of Localism

The Triumph of Localism

The Rejection of National Water Planning in 1950

(p.148) Chapter Five The Triumph of Localism
How Local Politics Shape Federal Policy

Sarah S. Elkind

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses an editorial announcement that the Senate had finally passed the Boulder Canyon dam bill, in which the New York Times lamented that Congress had missed an opportunity to plan the development of all the Colorado River's resources for the benefit of the entire region and nation. Instead, Congress, “torn by conflicting desires and expediencies of the moment,” had responded piecemeal to the competing demands of Imperial Valley irrigators, utility corporations, cities, and the states. Two decades later, another opportunity for comprehensive water-resources planning arose. This time it was defeated less by the “conflicting desires and expediencies of the moment” than by fear of federal power. In some ways, debate over national water-resources planning in 1950 echoed the Colorado River controversies of the 1920s.

Keywords:   Boulder Canyon, Colorado River, Imperial Valley irrigators, utility corporations, water-resources planning

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