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March 9: Rotten Foundations (lecture at UC Berkeley)

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  • asha.weinstein@sjsu.edu
    ... The California Colloquium on Water presents Rotten Foundations: The Reclamation Act & Urbanization of the West ~see description below~ Gray Brechin
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      The California Colloquium on Water presents

      Rotten Foundations: The Reclamation Act & Urbanization of the West
      ~see description below~

      Gray Brechin
      Research Fellow
      Dept. of Geography
      UC Berkeley

      Tuesday, March 9
      5:30pm - 7:00pm
      105 North Gate Hall

      Meet the speaker at a reception at the Water Resources Center Archives,
      4:45pm - 5:30pm.
      Light refreshments will be served.

      For more information please call (510) 642-2666, reply to this email, or
      visit: http://lib.berkeley.edu/WRCA/ccow.html
      PDF of flyer for this lecture: http://lib.berkeley.edu/WRCA/pdfs/brechin.pdf
      PDF of spring brochure: http://lib.berkeley.edu/WRCA/pdfs/ccows04.pdf

      As an author, journalist, and TV producer, Brechin has documented
      California's declining environmental and social health. He charges that
      modern land tenure in California is largely built upon the rotten
      foundations of epic fraud in the 19th century. A populist campaign to
      bring federally-subsidized water to small farmers almost instantly morphed
      into the means by which modern land barons such as Charles Keating could
      grow the most profitable crop of all: cities. Today, the environment of
      the American West is staggering under the demands made upon its radically
      altered hydrology by agribusiness and sprawling cities, while few notice
      the perversion of the original intent of the National Reclamation Act, or
      the hidden motivations of its sponsor, Representative Francis Griffith
      Newlands of Nevada, Gramercy Park, and Chevy Chase.
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