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Title:Changes in Landscape Forms and Functions in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, California, 1920-1993
Author(s):Mitchell, Martin D.
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Thompson, John
Department / Program:Geography
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Political Science, Public Administration
Environmental Sciences
Abstract:This dissertation analyzes: (1) the evolution of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta into a water supply and conveyance node for several water dependent areas in California; and (2) trends in land use within the Delta since 1920. These subjects are addressed within the context of the conservation and preservation resource management paradigms.
Regarding water supply and conveyance, emphasis is placed on analyzing the interest groups operating from the dependent areas and why and how they forged connections to the Delta to obtain fresh water through the Central Valley Project and the State Water Project. Conflict resolution and collaborations between the water project operators are also discussed. A public decision making model serves as the primary tool through which the analysis was performed.
In the land use chapters focus is upon the re-creation and preservation of natural landscapes, flooding and urbanization and the continuance of agriculture. The re-creation and preservation of natural landscapes centers on: (1) the histories of three state parks and one wildlife refuge; and (2) recent purchases of roughly 30,000 acres by a state agency and a private interest for their re-conversion into wetlands within a broader context of water development. Flooding and urbanization examines the strategies employed by government agencies in regulating urbanization within the 100-year floodplain and the types of urban developments that have occurred. The continuance of agriculture focuses on changes in cropping, markets and management techniques. As with the water supply and conveyances issues, the role of economic and sectoral interest groups in influencing public policy decisions is analyzed through a public decision making model.
Issue Date:1993
Description:342 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1993.
Other Identifier(s):(UMI)AAI9411719
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-12-17
Date Deposited:1993

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