Congressional Edition Volume . 6537

Congressional Edition Volume . 6537

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1913 edition. Excerpt: ...of the Mississippi River Commission, I have received numerous communications, some addressed to the President of the United States, the Secretary of War, or the Chief of Engineers, attempting to explain the causes of this great flood, or giving the writer's views of the mistakes which have been made by the Mississippi River Commission in handling it. The Mississippi River Commission has explained with great detail in its reports its reasons for relying on levees for protecting the country from overflow, but they appear to be unknown, not only to the country at large but to many who reside in the Mississippi Valley and are most vitally interested in the problem. I therefore consider it proper to appear before you, accept the invitation of the illustrious speaker who preceded me, and state briefly reasons for rejecting the various methods of flood control, other than levees, which have been suggested. As a full discussion of any one of the propositions would prolong my remarks to such an extent as to tax your patience, I can only touch upon the subject, and I have confined myself to stating not what I considered the most logical argument for the engineer, but the reason most evident to the general public for rejecting a proposition. ABANDONMENT OF LEVEES. Many persons in the United States--some even in the Mississippi Valley--argue that as the heights of floods have increased as the land has been reclaimed, this is sufficient evidence that there are no limits to the heights which the river will reach, and that levees should therefore be abandoned, mounds constructed to preserve cattle and other farm animals during the floods, and the cultivation of the country confined to such periods as there is no overflow. Such critics point to the Nile as an...
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  • Paperback | 444 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 23mm | 789g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236612337
  • 9781236612335