Date of Final Oral Examination (Defense)
Type of Culminating Activity
Master of Arts in History
Lisa M. Brady, Ph.D.
Barton Barbour, Ph.D.
John Bieter, Ph.D.
The western United States has, arguably, been shaped by water—both through its presence and its absence. This thesis examines the history of the artesian and geothermal water resources of Boise, Idaho. The development of these resources has taken a trajectory that is defined by busy periods of expansion punctuated by long stretches of inactivity or stasis. These stages of development closely align with major trends in environmental history. Beyond merely providing additional insight to the history of the region, the commoditization of nature in Boise provides further elucidation of national trends of conservation, environmentalism, and green energy. By examining the microcosm of Boise, we can better understand the far-reaching implications of western water policies, trends, and the role that political power played in each instance of geothermal development within the city.
May, Molly Lorraine, "“Right from Hades”: Water and Politics in Boise, Idaho" (2015). Boise State University Theses and Dissertations. 1047.