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The gravity of Albuquerque : the San Juan-Chama Diversion Project and the transformation of the American West

by Wallace, Andrew

Abstract

The San Juan-Chama Diversion Project (SJCDP) is a federal irrigation infrastructure project that transports 96,200 acre-feet of Upper Colorado River basin water from the San Juan River in Southern Colorado to the Chama River in Northern New Mexico through mountain and desert via a network of tunnels, pipes, and canals. While some of this water is used for municipal and agricultural purposes throughout Middle Rio Grande communities, the majority of this water was purchased by the city of Albuquerque for municipal and industrial uses. This paper uses this, and associated projects (Navajo Indian Irrigation Project) to explore the connections and tensions between the law, people and the environment in the development of the American West, and New Mexico in particular.

Note

Includes bibliographical references.

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Copyright
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Publisher
Colorado College
PID
coccc:6023
Digital Origin
born digital
Extent
43 pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color)
Thesis
Senior Thesis -- Colorado College
Thesis Advisor
Perramond, Eric
Department/Program
Southwest Studies
Degree Name
bachelor
Degree Type
Bachelor of Arts
Degree Grantor
Colorado College
Date Issued
2012