By Robert Kelley,David N. Kennedy

In its average situation the Sacramento Valley used to be a flood-ravaged zone the place an inland sea 100 miles lengthy frequently shaped in the course of the wet season, to empty slowly away through the summer time months. this present day the Valley is marvelously effective, with a good capital urban at its middle, yet in basic terms after a seventy-year fight to plan and construct an complicated thousand miles of levees and drains. Robert Kelley units that conflict in the encompassing nationwide political tradition, which produced, during the Republican and Democratic events, broadly diverging rules approximately how most sensible to reclaim the Valley from flood. He attracts on techniques constructed within the box of coverage research to check the connection among American political tradition and environmental policy-making. we discover that the lengthy controversy over the Sacramento Valley illuminates American decision-making, then and now.

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