Exploring HeinOnline: Legislative History - Saline Water Conversion Act

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Compiled by Raymond C. Coulter and C. Richard Boehlert from the U.S. Department of Interior, this 11 volume set explores the legislative history of the first federal desalination statute that was passed in 1952.  The Saline Water Conversion Act was developed due to "the acute shortage of water in the arid areas of the Nation and elsewhere and the excessive use of underground waters throughout the Nation".  The Act was established enabling Congress to "provide for the development of practicable low-cost means of producing from sea water, or from other saline waters, water of a quality suitable for agriculture, industrial, municipal, and other beneficial consumptive uses on a scale sufficient to determine the feasibility of the development of such production and distribution on a large-scale basis, for the purpose of conserving and increasing the water resources of the Nation." 

Desalination refers to a process that removes excess salt and other minerals from water, allowing us to create water consumable by humans and for use in agriculture by converting large amounts of seawater to "desalinated" water.  During this desalination process, various minerals and salts are trapped in filters and subsequently released back into the seawater.  This "brine" that is being dumped back into the seawater has an even higher concentration of salt and is more acidic than before the desalination process, which in turn creates even more environmental problems. 

This legislative history set includes the laws, bills, House & Senate Hearings, Committee Reports and more.  This title will be available in HeinOnline's U.S. Federal Legislative History Library with the December content release.

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