Monthly Catalog of United States Government Publications

Author: United States. Superintendent of Documents

Publisher: N.A


Category: Government publications

Page: 1220

View: 1849

February issue includes Appendix entitled Directory of United States Government periodicals and subscription publications; September issue includes List of depository libraries; June and December issues include semiannual index

Rainfall and Floods of April, May, and June 1957 in the South-central States

Author: United States. Weather Bureau

Publisher: N.A


Category: Flood forecasting

Page: 350

View: 2779

The purpose of this report is to analyze the meteorological conditions which produced heavy rains over a drought area, to present facts concerning the use of radar in flood forecasting, and to compile and record basic hydrometeorological data for affected areas.

Unruly Waters

Author: Kenna Lang Archer

Publisher: UNM Press

ISBN: 0826355889

Category: History

Page: 296

View: 2886

Running more than 1,200 miles from headwaters in eastern New Mexico through the middle of Texas to the Gulf of Mexico, the Brazos River has frustrated developers for nearly two centuries. This environmental history of the Brazos traces the techniques that engineers and politicians have repeatedly used to try to manage its flow. The vast majority of projects proposed or constructed in this watershed were failures, undone by the geology of the river as much as the cost of improvement. When developers erected locks, the river changed course. When they built large-scale dams, floodwaters overflowed the concrete rims. When they constructed levees, the soils collapsed. Yet lawmakers and laypeople, boosters and engineers continued to work toward improving the river and harnessing it for various uses. Through the plight of the Brazos River Archer illuminates the broader commentary on the efforts to tame this nation’s rivers as well as its historical perspectives on development and technology. The struggle to overcome nature, Archer notes, reflects a quintessentially American faith in technology.