By Kenna Lang Archer
Running greater than 1,200 miles from headwaters in jap New Mexico during the center of Texas to the Gulf of Mexico, the Brazos River has pissed off builders for almost centuries. This environmental heritage of the Brazos lines the options that engineers and politicians have many times used to attempt to regulate its move. nearly all of tasks proposed or built during this watershed have been disasters, undone through the geology of the river up to the price of development. while builders erected locks, the river replaced direction. after they equipped large-scale dams, floodwaters overflowed the concrete rims. once they built levees, the soils collapsed. but lawmakers and laypeople, boosters and engineers persisted to paintings towards bettering the river and harnessing it for numerous makes use of. during the plight of the Brazos River Archer illuminates the wider observation at the efforts to tame this nation's rivers in addition to its ancient views on improvement and expertise. The fight to beat nature, Archer notes, displays a quintessentially American religion in technology.