Southwestern Drainage Litigation

by Richard H. French,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulic Engineering


In this paper, three technical sources of drainage litigation are examined. First, in the overall sparsely but locally densely populated Southwest, there is a severe lack of precipitation and streamflow data which are the basis of engineering drainage design. Second, drainage design, as it is currently taught in civil engineering programs, is focused on the problems of humid areas to the practical exclusion of the special hydraulic engineering problems of arid and semi-arid areas. Third, in rapidly developing areas the staff of public agencies charged with orchestrating development are often poorly equipped in terms of personnel and equipment to discharge their responsibilities.

Subject Headings: Arid lands | Drainage | Hydrologic data | Engineering education | Precipitation | Streamflow | Computing in civil engineering | Legislation | United States

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