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In terms of technology, the cyber-linked digital world of the Internet seems at first glance to define the 21st century.  But the physical environment that envelops us -- and the role of hydraulic engineering in defining this environment -- is just as important to the contemporary (and future) world.  People say it's hard to imagine a world without instant e-connections of all sorts.  But imagine a world without fresh water as close as the nearest faucet or fountain.  Or imagine a world of devastating droughts alternating with disastrous floods.  Water control and development was integral to the growth of the world's first irrigation-based civilizations.  And it is no less important in modern post-industrial society.  

The social, economic, political, legal, and technological interrelationships comprising the world's water control infrastructure were not forged in the last month, the last year, or the last decade.  Their roots go deep, back many decades, even centuries. 

For example, American engineers responsible for building the Hoover Dam surveyed and planned an antecedent of the Three Gorges Dam in 1946; New York City's reservoir system in Westchester County dates back to the 1840s; Los Angeles' legal control over the Los Angeles River watershed is traced to the Spanish/Mexican era of the early 19th century; and the primary role of the federal government in controlling use of navigable rivers was established by the U. S. Supreme Court in 1824.  Water history is a living force within the modern world, and its importance will not fade in the years ahead.

Through the work of DC Jackson, damhistory.com seeks to help citizens, water users, engineers, lawyers, and government officials understand the historical foundation of America's hydraulic infrastructure.  Jackson knows much about the history of dams and water resources development.  He also knows a multitude of sources -- both published and archival -- that document this development.

Many people can benefit from the expertise of DC Jackson including:

Engineering firms or governmental agencies engaged in evaluating or retrofitting existing water supply, irrigation, hydroelectric power, flood control, waste water treatment, and other hydraulic oriented systems.  Dams are often key components of such systems, but DamHistory.com can provide historical insights into all aspects of such systems.

Lawyers involved in litigation involving America's hydraulic infrastructure who desire research work and/or expert witness testimony.  This can include work on water rights and navigability issues as well as information about the technological development of specific structures, structural forms, or construction techniques.

Citizens seeking to gain understanding of, and hence influence over, political decisions involving dams and the development of the riparian environment in their community or region.

Authors, publishers, museum and exhibit curators, video news and documentary producers, and anyone else desiring high quality graphic images of dams, hydraulic technologies, and their place in the riparian environment.  DamHistory.com has thousands of antique postcards and historic photographs in its collection.

DamHistory.com is a resource available to people desiring to learn more about dams, about water history, and about the historical character of America's and the world's water resource development. 

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DC Jackson understands the historical foundation of America's hydraulic infrastructure and knows much about the history of dams and water resources development.  He also knows a multitude of sources -- both published and archival -- that document this development. Have any questions? Just send him an email; he'd enjoy hearing from you...


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