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Southern Water, Southern PowerHow the Politics of Cheap Energy and Water Scarcity Shaped a Region$
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Christopher J. Manganiello

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781469620053

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469620053.001.0001

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Big Dam Backlash Rising in the Sun Belt

Big Dam Backlash Rising in the Sun Belt

(p.116) Chapter 5 Big Dam Backlash Rising in the Sun Belt
Southern Water, Southern Power

Christopher J. Manganiello

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses how the Sun Belt's elaborate hydraulic system of ponds, reservoirs, dams, and channelized streams supported the region's vast demographic and economic constituencies. However, without any extensive management vision, this system would always be bound to climatic, hydrologic, and political cycles. Environmental conditions—too much rain or lack thereof—had clearly affected the growing region before and during Georgia governor Herman Talmadge's time, much as they would in the future, during Governor Sonny Perdue's time. As demonstrated by the Clarks Hill and Hartwell multiple-purpose projects, not everyone approved of these large water supply and infrastructure schemes. By the time the Corps and advocates for the valley's next and final project moved forward, the environmental, social, and political landscape had shifted dramatically. Innovative solutions for Sun Belt water problems surfaced as the region's energy and water plans encountered a new level of backlash.

Keywords:   Sun Belt, hydraulic system, environmental conditions, Georgia, Clarks Hill project, Hartwell project

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