Economic Research Institute Study paper
Utah State University
The contradiction inherent in a potentially hydraulic landscape is manifest. Such a landscape has an insufficient rainfall or none at all, but it possesses other accessible sources of water supply. If man decides to utilize such sources, he may transform dry lands into fertile fields and gardens. He may, but will he? What makes him engage in an adventure which involves great effort and which is fraught with highly problematic institutional consequences?
LeBaron, Allen, "Socio-Economic Considerations in Irrigation Development" (1984). Economic Research Institute Study Papers. Paper 400.