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Summer 2017

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Master of Arts degree with a major in Applied Anthropology

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Dr. Marissa Ramsier

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Dr. Mary Scoggin

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Rebecca Robertson

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The coordination of earthen levees in Humboldt County, California known as the Redwood Creek Flood Control Project holds mistakes within its design and composition. The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) admitted in studies conducted after the sculpture’s completion in 1968 that the levees extended too far into the creek’s estuary and this overreach has yet to be corrected. Poorly negotiated allowances of the levees into the transition zone caused the circulation of the vital water vein to compromise proper supportive nourishment for ecologic health. Economies such as fishing, farming, education and tourism surrounding the waterway have also suffered. Other complexities involved with the levees transmogrify several broader plots of development found thru the arrangements of actions. This research project used ethnographic methods to gather different lines of narrative around the flood control project to advocate for change. In directing heteroglossia analysis with supportive multimodal anthropology, the objective was to reveal the stratagems of the levee system observed as an oeuvre thru its stories that, woven together, compose the significance of the edifice. With this accomplished, the agencies involved can efficiently assign the task of remediation. Methodological triangulation indicated poisonous Lead (Pb) might remain within the ground of the public work. There is a need for these stories to be communicated and for additional investigations to promptly happen for the community. A thesis project website titled was provisioned for the future of this United Nations World Heritage watershed site.

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