Battling the Inland Sea: Floods, Public Policy, and the Sacramento Valley by Robert KelleyBattling the Inland Sea: Floods, Public Policy, and the Sacramento Valley by Robert Kelley

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

byRobert KelleyForeword byDavid N. Kennedy

Paperback | February 2, 1998

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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.
Robert Kelley is Professor of History at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and is the author of The Shaping of the American Past and several other highly esteemed books.
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Title:Battling the Inland Sea: Floods, Public Policy, and the Sacramento ValleyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:420 pages, 9 × 5.88 × 1 inPublished:February 2, 1998Publisher:University of California Press

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ISBN - 10:0520214285

ISBN - 13:9780520214286

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In its natural condition the Sacramento Valley flooded annually and an inland sea formed during the rainy season, draining slowly away by the summer months. The effort to control the flooding and exploit the rich valley for agriculture has resulted in an intricate, thousand-mile system of levees and drains. Robert Kelley documents and analyzes the process and the widely-diverging ideas about how best to reclaim the Valley from flood -- a process equally relevant to riverine areas across the country, many of which experienced serious flooding in 1997. A new foreword by David N. Kennedy discusses the Sacramento Valley floods of 1997."A valuable study, rich in scholarly detail and documentation... of America's use -- and abuse -- of natural resources in the western United States". -- Thomas Jablonsky, Southern California Quarterly