Silver Fox of the Rockies: Delphus E. Carpenter and Western Water Compacts

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Delphus E. Carpenter (1877 1951) was Colorado’s commissioner of interstate streams during a time when water rights were a legal battleground for western states. A complex, unassuming man as rare and cunning in politics and law as the elusive silver fox of the Rocky Mountain West, Carpenter boldly relied on negotiation instead of endless litigation to forge agreements among states first, before federal intervention. In Silver Fox of the Rockies, Daniel Tyler tells Carpenter’s story and that of the great interstate water compacts he helped create. Those compacts, produced in the early twentieth century, have guided not only agricultural use but urban growth and development throughout much of the American West to this day.

In Carpenter’s time, most western states relied on the doctrine of prior appropriation--first in time, first in right--which granted exclusive use of resources to those who claimed them first, regardless of common needs. Carpenter feared that population growth and rapid agricultural development in states sharing the same river basins would rob Colorado of its right to a fair share of water. To avoid that eventuality, Carpenter invoked the compact clause of the U.S. Constitution, a clause previously used to settle boundary disputes, and applied it to interstate water rights. The result was a mechanism by which complex issues involving interstate water rights could be settled through negotiation without litigating them before the U.S. Supreme Court. Carpenter believed in the preservation of states rights in order to preserve the constitutionally mandated balance between state and federal authority.

Today, water remains critically important to the American West, and the great interstate water compacts Carpenter helped engineer constitute his most enduring legacy. Of particular significance is the Colorado River Compact of 1922, without which Hoover Dam could never have been built.

 

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Daniel Tyler is Professor Emeritus of History at Colorado State University, Fort Collins. He is the author of The Last Water Hole in the West and Silver Fox of the Rockies: Delphus E. Carpenter and Western Water Compacts.

 



Donald J. Pisani, is the Merrick Chair of Western American History at the University of Oklahoma, Norman. He is the author of Water, Land, and Law in the West: The Limits of Public Policy, 1850–1920.

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Descripción University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, 2003. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. 416 pages. Hardcover with dustjacket. New book. COLORADO. Delphus E. Carpenter (1877-1951) was Colorado's commissioner of interstate streams during a time when water rights were a legal battleground for western states. A complex, unassuming man as rare and cunning in politics and law as the elusive silver fox of the Rocky Mountain West, Carpenter boldly relied on negotiation instead of endless litigation to forge agreements among states first, before federal intervention. In Silver Fox of the Rockies, Daniel Tyler tells Carpenter's story and that of the great interstate water compacts he helped create. Those compacts, produced in the early twentieth century, have guided not only agricultural use but urban growth and development throughout much of the American West to this day. In Carpenter's time, most western states relied on the doctrine of prior appropriation--first in time, first in right--which granted exclusive use of resources to those who claimed them first, regardless of common needs. Carpenter feared that population growth and rapid agricultural development in states sharing the same river basins would rob Colorado of its right to a fair share of water. To avoid that eventuality, Carpenter invoked the compact clause of the U.S. Constitution, a clause previously used to settle boundary disputes, and applied it to interstate water rights. The result was a mechanism by which complex issues involving interstate water rights could be settled through negotiation without litigating them before the U.S. Supreme Court. Carpenter believed in the preservation of states rights in order to preserve the constitutionally mandated balance between state and federal authority. Today, water remains critically important to the American West, and the great interstate water compacts Carpenter helped engineer constitute his most enduring legacy. Of particular significance is the Colorado River Compact of 1922, without which Hoover Dam could never have been built. "Carpenter's life mirrored the Great Divide he revered. He loved the shining mountains and the Great Plains that take one inevitably to them. He drew from their strength as a husband, father, lawyer, legislator, and craftsman of treaties."--Greg Hobbs, Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court Daniel Tyler is Professor Emeritus of History at Colorado State University, Fort Collins. He is the author of The Last Water Hole in the West. Donald J. Pisani, who wrote the Foreword, is the Merrick Chair of Western American History at the University of Oklahoma, Norman. He is the author of Water, Land, and Law in the West: The Limits of Public Policy, 1850-1920. (Key Words: Delphus E. Carpenter, Colorado, American West, Interstate Water Compacts, Colorado River, Daniel Tyler). book. Nº de ref. de la librería 65708X1

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Descripción University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, 2003. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. 416 pages. Hardcover with dustjacket. New book. COLORADO. Delphus E. Carpenter (1877-1951) was Colorado's commissioner of interstate streams during a time when water rights were a legal battleground for western states. A complex, unassuming man as rare and cunning in politics and law as the elusive silver fox of the Rocky Mountain West, Carpenter boldly relied on negotiation instead of endless litigation to forge agreements among states first, before federal intervention. In Silver Fox of the Rockies, Daniel Tyler tells Carpenter's story and that of the great interstate water compacts he helped create. Those compacts, produced in the early twentieth century, have guided not only agricultural use but urban growth and development throughout much of the American West to this day. In Carpenter's time, most western states relied on the doctrine of prior appropriation--first in time, first in right--which granted exclusive use of resources to those who claimed them first, regardless of common needs. Carpenter feared that population growth and rapid agricultural development in states sharing the same river basins would rob Colorado of its right to a fair share of water. To avoid that eventuality, Carpenter invoked the compact clause of the U.S. Constitution, a clause previously used to settle boundary disputes, and applied it to interstate water rights. The result was a mechanism by which complex issues involving interstate water rights could be settled through negotiation without litigating them before the U.S. Supreme Court. Carpenter believed in the preservation of states rights in order to preserve the constitutionally mandated balance between state and federal authority. Today, water remains critically important to the American West, and the great interstate water compacts Carpenter helped engineer constitute his most enduring legacy. Of particular significance is the Colorado River Compact of 1922, without which Hoover Dam could never have been built. "Carpenter's life mirrored the Great Divide he revered. He loved the shining mountains and the Great Plains that take one inevitably to them. He drew from their strength as a husband, father, lawyer, legislator, and craftsman of treaties."--Greg Hobbs, Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court Daniel Tyler is Professor Emeritus of History at Colorado State University, Fort Collins. He is the author of The Last Water Hole in the West. Donald J. Pisani, who wrote the Foreword, is the Merrick Chair of Western American History at the University of Oklahoma, Norman. He is the author of Water, Land, and Law in the West: The Limits of Public Policy, 1850-1920. (Key Words: Delphus E. Carpenter, Colorado, American West, Interstate Water Compacts, Colorado River, Daniel Tyler). book. Nº de ref. de la librería 65708X4

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