Conservation and the Engineer

by Jerome W. Sargent,

Serial Information: Journal of the Professional Activities, 1967, Vol. 93, Issue 1, Pg. 1-4

Document Type: Journal Paper


Much of the original natural beauty of the United States has been destroyed by exploitation and unwise efforts to achieve dollar efficiency and economy in engineering projects. Engineers have too often been opposed to conservation groups. The needless flooding of the Hetch-Hetchy valley of the Tuolumne River on the recommendation of the U. S. Army Corps of Army Engineers to furnish a water supply for San Francisco, and the proposals of the U. S. Bureau of Reclamation to build dams across the Grand Canyon of the Colorado and the Sun River in the Bob Marshall Wilderness Area of Montana, are examples. In every case, priceless and irreplacable natural beauty has been or is in danger of being sacrificed to doubtful engineering efficiency and economies. Engineers are challenged to exercise their responsibility for formulation of resource development projects in such a way as to avoid sacrifice of long run values to short run dollar considerations.

Subject Headings: United States Army Corps of Engineers | Rivers and streams | Water reclamation | Floods | Bureau of Reclamation | Dams | Canyons | Case studies | United States | Colorado | Montana

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