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The Sun Is Shining over Southern California: The Politics of Federal Flood Control in Los Angeles, 1935–1969

Jared Orsi

in Hazardous Metropolis: Flooding and Urban Ecology in Los Angeles

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520238503
eISBN:
9780520930087
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520238503.003.0006
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

The Los Angeles River was a picture of hydraulic order in the 1960s, attributed to the involvement of the Army Corps of Engineers. The corps brought considerable technical expertise and badly needed ... More


A More Effective Scouring Agent: The New Year’s Eve Debris Flood and the Collapse of Local Flood Control, 1930–1934

Jared Orsi

in Hazardous Metropolis: Flooding and Urban Ecology in Los Angeles

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520238503
eISBN:
9780520930087
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520238503.003.0005
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

The 1914 vision of hydraulic order had mutated into a technocratic nightmare. Over the previous twenty years, southern Californians spent fifty million dollars on a comprehensive plan, a centralized ... More


Necessary but Not Sufficient: Storms, Environmentalism, and New Visions for Flood Control, 1969–2001

Jared Orsi

in Hazardous Metropolis: Flooding and Urban Ecology in Los Angeles

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520238503
eISBN:
9780520930087
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520238503.003.0007
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

The Los Angeles County Drainage Area (LACDA) lived up to its promise in 1969, preventing damages estimated at more than a billion dollars. As they had done with previous storms, flood controllers ... More


A Centralized Authority and a Comprehensive Plan: Response to the Floods, 1914–1917

Jared Orsi

in Hazardous Metropolis: Flooding and Urban Ecology in Los Angeles

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520238503
eISBN:
9780520930087
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520238503.003.0003
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

The flood impelled southern Californians to try to control water. In July 1914, 250 representatives from municipalities, civic organizations, and businesses gathered downtown at Blanchard Hall in ... More


Drowned and Dammed: Colonial Capitalism and Flood Control in Eastern India

Rohan D'Souza

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2012
ISBN:
9780195682175
eISBN:
9780199082094
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195682175.001.0001
Subject:
History, Indian History

The volume deals with major debates in India’s environmental history. It critiques existing discourse by discussing colonial flood control strategies in eastern India, especially Orissa Delta. It ... More


A Weir to Do Man’s Bidding: The Great San Gabriel Dam Fiasco, 1917–1929

Jared Orsi

in Hazardous Metropolis: Flooding and Urban Ecology in Los Angeles

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520238503
eISBN:
9780520930087
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520238503.003.0004
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

In its 1915 majority report, the Board of Engineers estimated that it would take only five years and $16.5 million to construct a network of check dams, diversion channels, and other devices to tame ... More


Gateway to the Hydraulic Age: Water Politics, 1920–1935

Donald J. Pisani

in Water and American Government: The Reclamation Bureau, National Water Policy, and the West, 1902-1935

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520230309
eISBN:
9780520927582
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520230309.003.0009
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter studies flood control, irrigation, and transportation. It shows that the Boulder Dam eventually became the typical American dam: it stood two hundred feet taller than the Washington ... More


The Great Denouement and After

Rohan D’Souza

in Drowned and Dammed: Colonial Capitalism and Flood Control in Eastern India

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2012
ISBN:
9780195682175
eISBN:
9780199082094
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195682175.003.0006
Subject:
History, Indian History

This chapter presents an assessment of the report of the Flood Committee of 1928. This report gives an unprecedented and comprehensive critique of the various ecological and social costs that had ... More


The Economics of Flood Disaster Management in the Netherlands

Roy Brouwer and Marije Schaafsma

in The Economic Impacts of Natural Disasters

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199841936
eISBN:
9780199950157
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199841936.003.0014
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Development, Growth, and Environmental

A cost-benefit analysis of flood disaster managementin the Netherlands is presented in the context of climate change. The costs and benefits of potential emergency measures in designated flood ... More


The Historical Structure of Disorder: Urban Ecology in Los Angeles and Beyond

Jared Orsi

in Hazardous Metropolis: Flooding and Urban Ecology in Los Angeles

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520238503
eISBN:
9780520930087
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520238503.003.0008
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Los Angeles is by no means extraordinary or exceptional in catastrophes. Its droughts are not Sahelian; its floods would be puny on the Mississippi; and its earthquakes have not approached the ... More


Water in Los Angeles: A Portrait of an Urban Ecosystem

Jared Orsi

in Hazardous Metropolis: Flooding and Urban Ecology in Los Angeles

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520238503
eISBN:
9780520930087
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520238503.003.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

A winter storm rolled onshore at Los Angeles on 13 February 1980. A second storm followed a day later, then a third, a fourth, and a fifth. A sixth storm brought the heaviest rains yet, swelling the ... More


Production of the River

Rohan D’Souza

in Drowned and Dammed: Colonial Capitalism and Flood Control in Eastern India

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2012
ISBN:
9780195682175
eISBN:
9780199082094
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195682175.003.0007
Subject:
History, Indian History

This chapter describes the introduction of Multi-Purpose River Valley Development (MPRVD) and the Hirakud Dam in particular as being centrally involved in the political shaping of hydraulic ... More


Institutional Conquest: Bureaucratic Impacts

Ellen E. Wohl

in Disconnected Rivers: Linking Rivers to Landscapes

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300103328
eISBN:
9780300127461
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300103328.003.0005
Subject:
Environmental Science, Environmental Studies

This chapter focuses on the intervention of the federal government in river processes. The 1928 Flood Control Act, with $300 million in federal funds, made flood control in the lower Mississippi ... More


Urban War at the Yangzi River

Qiang Fang and Xiaobing Li

in Power versus Law in Modern China: Cities, Courts, and the Communist Party

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780813173931
eISBN:
9780813169958
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813173931.003.0002
Subject:
Law, Legal History

Chapter one looks into the lawsuit submitted by many Wuhan residents against their city government. Although the residents, most of whom were affluent homeowners, all had lawful certificates when ... More


Backwater Blues: The Mississippi Flood of 1927 in the African American Imagination

Richard M. Mizelle Jr.

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816679256
eISBN:
9781452948614
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816679256.001.0001
Subject:
History, African-American History

Backwater Blues offers a critique of long-standing ideas of African American environmental complacency by showing the ways in which black commentators from W.E.B. Du Bois to Bessie Smith provided an ... More


Conclusion

Rohan D’Souza

in Drowned and Dammed: Colonial Capitalism and Flood Control in Eastern India

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2012
ISBN:
9780195682175
eISBN:
9780199082094
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195682175.003.0008
Subject:
History, Indian History

This chapter tries to summarize the idea of flood-control. The Hirakud Dam was only an extension of the manual plumbing of natural resources that had begun a century before. Through the idea of the ... More


A Decade of Record Floods (1903–1913): The Federal Government Tackles Floods, but with Levees Only

Christine A. Klein and Sandra B. Zellmer

in Mississippi River Tragedies: A Century of Unnatural Disaster

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9781479825387
eISBN:
9781479807475
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479825387.003.0003
Subject:
Law, Legal History

This chapter describes the most severe flooding of the Mississippi River basin in the early 1900s. These include the flood of 1903, which was the most devastating flood that residents along the ... More


Black Water Rising: The Myth of Flood Control

Daniel McCool

in River Republic: The Fall and Rise of America's Rivers

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231161312
eISBN:
9780231504416
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231161312.003.0007
Subject:
Political Science, Environmental Politics

This chapter examines how flood control diminished the value of American rivers as a natural resource and instead allocated them to narrow, extractive uses. The federal government warns that floods ... More


2 A Decade of Record Floods (1903–1913): The Federal Government Tackles Floods, but with Levees Only

Christine A. Klein and Sandra B. Zellmer

in Mississippi River Tragedies: A Century of Unnatural Disaster

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9781479825387
eISBN:
9781479807475
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479825387.003.0003
Subject:
Law, Legal History

This chapter describes the most severe flooding of the Mississippi River basin in the early 1900s. These include the flood of 1903, which was the most devastating flood that residents along the ... More


Every Day Seems Like Murder Here: The Mississippi Flood Control Project in New Deal–Era America

Richard M. Mizelle

in Backwater Blues: The Mississippi Flood of 1927 in the African American Imagination

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816679256
eISBN:
9781452948614
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816679256.003.0006
Subject:
History, African-American History

Chapter V focuses on the NAACP’s central role in exposing the mis-treatment of black levee camp workers under the federally-funded Mississippi Flood Control Project. In response to the 1927 flood, ... More


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