Cadillac DesertCadillac Desert
by Mark Reisner is a 1993
book (ISBN 0140178244) about land development and water policy in the Western United States
. Subtitled The American West and its Disappearing Water,
it gives the history of the Bureau of Reclamation
and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
, and their struggle to remake the American Southwest.
The book's main conclusion is that development-driven policies, formed when settling the West was the country's main concern, are having serious long-term effects on the environment and water quantity.