Karen Kesterson Hyer Wildlife Refuge papers

Karen Kesterson Hyer Wildlife Refuge papers

Dates: circa 1980-1990

Papers about the selenium pollution of the Kesterson Wildlife Refuge. There are books, newspaper clippings, court cases (Claus vs. U. S. circa 1980), maps, magazines and soil surveys. The collection is an excellent source for the history of selenium build-up in the Kesterson Wildlife Refuge, how pollutants affect wildlife, livestock, crops and humans, the premature aging of lakes, plans to build an experimental desalting plant, water allocation decisions of California, the Grasslands Easement Program and some environmental White House Executive Orders. Personal first-person accounts are also included. Fresno County farmers wanted to direct their polluted water to the San Francisco Bay through a pipe called the San Luis Drain. Lack of funds and objections of environmentalists aborted the project. The San Luis Drain was stopped in the Kesterson Wildlife Reserve, and dumped pollutants into it. The toxin and selenium began to cause deformities in waterfowl, which drew the attention of the public to the situation.

  • Extent: 33 cartons (33 linear feet). -- 1 box (0.5 linear feet)
  • Creator: Hyer, Karen
  • Call Number: MSS 4199
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • Access Restrictions: Restricted access; Curator permission required.
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Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Karen Kesterson Hyer Wildlife Refuge papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 4199; Karen Kesterson Hyer Wildlife Refuge papers; 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 4199, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Karen Hyer in 1997.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Karen Hyer; 1997.
Subject Terms
Agriculture and Natural Resources; Fisheries and Wildlife; Kesterson National Wildlife Refuge (Calif.); Kesterson Reservoir (Calif.); National parks and reserves--California
Genre / Form
Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.); Maps
Processing Information
Processed; H. Christine Swindler; 2007. Processed; Mary Downs; 2009.
Appraisal Information
Environmental History (20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development 5.V).
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Kesterson (Karen Hyer) Wildlife Refuge papers
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Karen Glenn, H. Christine Swindler, and Mary Downs, student processors, and John Murphy, curator
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-01-29T16:22-0700
Finding Aid Language
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.
Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Karen Hyer is a fish and wildlife biologist. She works at The Office of Subsistence Management, a branch of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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John Murphy
Curator - 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts