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This letter, dated June 17, 1949, from Garrison, North Dakota resident Bigelow Neal to United States (US) Representative Usher Burdick concerns the operating pool level of Garrison Dam. In the letter Neal states he is concerned with how great of a difference in flooding there will be between 1,830 feet and 1,850 feet operating levels. He also suggests that the engineers in charge of valuing the flooded lands overlooked that residents of the area consider one acre of bottomland to be worth two to three acres of high prairie, meaning that the engineer's number, 400,000 acres flooded, does not accurately capture the effects of the flooding. The letter concludes with a critique of how the dam was built bottom-side-up, resulting in a silt trap and also making the river unfit for navigation.
Letter from Representative Burdick to Bigelow Neal Regarding Garrison Dam Pool Level, June 20, 1949
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pool level, pool height, water height, water level, flood height, flood level, Garrison Dam, Garrison Reservoir, Garrison Diversion, Ft. Peck, Turtle Lake, Snake Creek, Yellowstone
United States Army Corps of Engineers, US Army Engineers
Usher Burdick, Bigelow Neal
Neal, Bigelow, "Letter from Bigelow Neal to Representative Burdick Regarding Garrison Dam Pool Level, June 17, 1949" (1949). Usher Burdick Papers. 294.