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Irrigation in the United States
The report to the United States Senate Special Committee on Irrigation and Reclamation of Arid Lands was an inquiry into the progress and condition of irrigation involving the extent and character of the area within which the annual rain fall was not sufficient for industrial uses of the people. The inquiry involved the extent of the fall of rains or snow within an area, any evidence as to increase or decrease of precipitation resulting from agricultural settlement or of pastoral occupation, the increase of humidity, the destruction of the timber mainly by its use for settlement purposes, the effect of the destruction of native grasses and the substitution of cultivated varieties, the sources of water supply, their character, uses, conservation, the means natural and artificial, employed for their distribution and what had been accomplished in the way of artificial methods of water distribution and economy, and the laws and customs pertaining to water supply.
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"1890 - Report on Irrigation in the United States, Second Edition, Richard J. Hinton" (2019). Miscellaneous Federal Documents & Reports. 14.