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North American Water and Power Alliance Records

Creator:
North American Water and Power Alliance.  Search this
Ralph M. Parsons Corporation (Pasadena, Calif.)  Search this
Extent:
0.6 Cubic feet (2 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Reports
Correspondence
Videotapes
Brochures
Place:
Ogallala Aquifer
Great Lakes (North America)
Date:
1964-1990
Summary:
The collection contains executive reports, promotional material, correspondence, articles and publications documenting the North American Water and Power Alliance (NAWAPA), which was a large-scale, transcontinental water transfer plan designed by the Ralph M. Parsons Corporation in 1964.
Scope and Contents:
The collection contains a promotional video, correspondence, plans, studies, reports, articles, newspaper clippings, and newsletters, which document the North American Water and Power Alliance (NAWAPA), a large scale, transcontinental water transfer plan designed by the Ralph M. Parsons Corporation in 1964 to collect excess water from the northwestern part of the North American continent and distribute it to deficient areas of Canada, the United States and Mexico.

Series 1: Plans and Studies, 1964-1989, is arranged topically and contains conceptual studies, executive plans, summaries, and papers and presentations about the NAWAPA project. The conceptual plans (Volumes One, Two and Five), detail the engineering, financial, and sociogeopolitical aspects of the project, while the other materials provide overall background and context for the project's conception.

Series 2: Correspondence, 1974-1990, is arranged chronologically and contains letters and interoffice memoranda about the NAWAPA project. The contents of the letters primarily relate to efforts to gain federal government support for the NAWAPA. The majority of the correspondence was created by Joseph Volpe, Jr., Vice-President of Parsons Corporation and W.E. Leonhard, Chairman and CEO of Parsons Corporation. Correspondence from congressional representatives such as Senator Fran E. Moss (D-Utah) and Representative Harold T. (Bizz) Johnson (D-California) are present. There are some tax returns, letters and interoffice memoranda concerning the dissolution of the NAWAPA Foundation Inc., which was a subsidiary of the Parsons Corporation.

Series 3: Reference Materials, 1964-1990, is arranged topically and contains brochures, articles, publications, newspaper clippings, notes, and audio visual materials documenting the NAWAPA project and water issues. Materials from the National Water Alliance, National Democratic Policy Committee (Water from Alaska), and the Water Policy Report of the Western Governors' Association are represented. The NAWAPA promotional video tape on 1/2" VHS, circa 1964, was originally shot on 16mm color film and produced by the Ralph M. Parsons Corporation. The film depicts still images of landscapes, mostly rivers and reservoirs, and engineering projects such as dams, hydroelectric power plants and irrigation systems. The film is narrated and discusses the importance of the NAWAPA project. A digital surrogate (RDVD 1052.01) of the videotape exists.
Arrangement:
The collection is organized into three series.

Series 1: Plans and Studies, 1964-1989

Series 2: Correspondence, 1974-1990

Series 3: Reference, 1964-1990
Biographical / Historical:
The North American Water and Power Alliance (NAWAPA) was a large-scale, transcontinental water transfer plan designed by the Ralph M. Parsons Corporation in 1964. The Parsons Corporation was founded in 1944 to provide engineering, procurement and construction services for government, petrochemical, and infrastructure clients. In the early 1960s, Parsons invested its own financial resources to study and develop a conceptual plan for NAWAPA, which would divert fresh water from Alaska to water-deficient areas of seven Canadian provinces, thirty-three U.S. states, and three Mexican states. The total projected investment was about a hundred billion dollars with construction estimated to take approximately twenty years.

Although the NAWAPA project was never realized, the Parsons Corporation (http://www.parsons.com) continues to provide engineering, construction, technical, and management services to private industries and government agencies.
Provenance:
Immediate source of acquisition unknown. Found in the Division of Engineering and Industry, now known as the Division of Work and Industry, National Museum of American History.
Restrictions:
The collection is open for research use.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning intellectual property rights. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Lobbying  Search this
Water-power  Search this
Water transfer  Search this
Engineering -- 20th century  Search this
Conservation of natural resources  Search this
Genre/Form:
Reports
Correspondence -- 1950-2000
Videotapes
Brochures -- 1950-2000
Citation:
North American Water and Power Alliance Collection, 1964-1990, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.1052
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Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Trump Administration Approves Construction of Keystone XL Pipeline

Creator:
Smithsonian Magazine  Search this
Type:
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Smithsonian staff publications
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Published Date:
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 17:18:55 +0000
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We’re Taking All the Water Out of the Ground And Causing Sea Levels to Rise

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Type:
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Published Date:
Thu, 19 Mar 2015 19:00:08 +0000
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Are We Headed for Another Dust Bowl?

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Type:
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Published Date:
Fri, 16 Nov 2012 05:00:00 +0000
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Taking a Closer Look at Global Water Shortages

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Type:
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Smithsonian staff publications
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Published Date:
Mon, 06 Jun 2016 16:37:49 +0000
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Eight Artists Conspire About Water Issues In a New Exhibition

Creator:
Smithsonian Magazine  Search this
Type:
Blog posts
Smithsonian staff publications
Lectures
Blog posts
Published Date:
Thu, 25 Feb 2016 14:47:53 +0000
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Ogallala : water for a dry land / John Opie

Author:
Opie, John 1934-  Search this
Physical description:
xxi, 412 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
High Plains (U.S.)
Ogallala Aquifer
Date:
1993
C1993
Topic:
Irrigation water--History  Search this
Irrigation--History  Search this
Agriculture--History  Search this
Agricultural ecology--History  Search this
History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_454322

Ogallala : water for a dry land / John Opie

Author:
Opie, John 1934-  Search this
Physical description:
xxi, 412 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
High Plains (U.S.)
Ogallala Aquifer
Date:
1993
C1993
Topic:
Irrigation water--History  Search this
Irrigation--History  Search this
Agriculture--History  Search this
Agricultural ecology--History  Search this
History  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_454332

Groundwater exploitation in the High Plains / edited by David E. Kromm and Stephen E. White ; forward by Gilbert F. White

Author:
Kromm, David E  Search this
White, Stephen E  Search this
Physical description:
xiv, 240 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Great Plains
High Plains Aquifer
Ogallala Aquifer
Date:
1992
C1992
Topic:
Groundwater  Search this
Irrigation  Search this
Water-supply--Management  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_487894

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