Hydrology's part in the war effort

TitleHydrology's part in the war effort
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Conference1943
AuthorsStevens, J. C.
Conference Name11th Annual Western Interstate Snow Survey Conference
Series TitleProceedings of the 11th Annual Western Interstate Snow Survey Conference
Date PublishedJune 1943
PublisherAmerican Geophysical Union, Transactions, Part III:
Conference LocationCorvallis, Oregon
KeywordsHydrology planning, Wartime effort

An expose of the tremendous speed of war time construction of military cantonments and industrial expansion without adequate hydrologic planning is aired. Large sums of money were wasted hunting for water supplies where none existed within reasonable limits. No studies were made of surface supplies or groundwater supplies. Many cases of poor drainage systems with no lower ground to construct them, or the possibility of flood damage to buildings or life. Other cases of industrial expansion of plants and cities into well known flood plains along the large rivers. Little thought was given to previous records of flood damage or heights. Hydrologic planning is an essential part of all expansion and construction.