An Administrative Morass

Donald J. Pisani

in Water and American Government

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 2002 | ISBN: 9780520230309
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520927582 | DOI:
An Administrative Morass

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This chapter concentrates on the slow degradation of the Reclamation Service and Reclamation Bureau after President Theodore Roosevelt left office. It begins with a discussion of the early history of the Reclamation Service, where it notes that federal reclamation suffered from the inexperience and the lack of vision and idealism of its leaders, defects in the Reclamation Act of 1902, and conditions in the West. This is followed by a section on the structure and organization of the Reclamation Service. A discussion of the Reclamation in the Interior Department and Congress is included. The chapter also introduces the Reclamation Extension Act of 1914, which gave the right to pass judgment on projects and project extensions proposed by the Reclamation Service, and Franklin K. Lane, the Democratic secretary of the interior. Lane is noted to be the first interior secretary to recognize that the problems of federal reclamation were psychological as well as economic.

Keywords: Reclamation Service; Reclamation Bureau; early history; Interior Department; Reclamation Extension Act; Franklin K. Lane; Democratic secretary

Chapter.  12706 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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