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This sweeping study traces the development of water policy in the United States from the 19th century to the present day, exploring the role of legislation in appropriating access to water to the American people.* Addresses recent events including the handling of Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill in the Gulf* Consolidates difficult-to-locate documents on United States water policy* Covers topics as diverse as water doctrine, water rights, pollution control, wildlife conservation, invasive species regulation, and environmental damage mitigation* Describes the impact of climate change on water supply and safety* Focuses solely on the water issues affecting the United States

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