Correspondence and reports concerning the Colorado River and flooding in the Imperial
Valley, the Hetch Hetchy Project, Los Angeles water supply, the Southern Sierra Power
Company, the salinity of San Francisco Bay and Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, flood
control and irrigation projects, groundwater, and land appraisal throughout California
and other western states.
Thomas Herbert Means was born in 1875 in Virginia. His early career included nine years
in the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Soils, during which time he was in
charge of soil surveys, principally in the western states. In 1898 he made a report on
reclamation of alkali soils in Yellowstone. He also studied dry land soils and moisture
content under different methods of farming at Glen Ullin and Fargo, North Dakota. In
1902, he visited North Africa, Algeria, Tunis and Egypt to study soils and irrigation.
After that he served six years in the Bureau of Reclamation in land examination and farm
unit subdivision and was in charge of a laboratory for the study of the silt-carrying
capacities of western streams.
ca. 7 linear ft. (14 boxes)
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