Friday, October 3, 2014

How the West was Really Won  (a six sentence history exploit)

As settlers moved West, it became increasingly evident that ready access to water was of the utmost importance to establishing longevity and success in any region. At first simple systems of irrigation diverted water from streams or rivers to provide for agricultural needs. However, the demand quickly outstripped the supply.

On June 17, 1902 the United States Congress passed the Reclamation Act funding irrigation and water storage projects for the arid lands in the American West. In return the water users who received direct benefit from the projects were obligated to repay the costs of construction.

The "reclaiming" of arid lands ultimately created the opportunity for long term settling, future urbanization and ultimately the making of Home.