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This form letter, dated January 31, 1946, from United States (US) Representative Usher Burdick to an unnamed recipient concerns the Garrison Dam pool level. In this letter Burdick explains that on February 4th, the US Appropriation Bill will be debated and that he hopes the recipient will be present. He then describes the debate over the 1,830- and 1,850-foot operating levels for the dam, noting that the bill authorizing the dam proposed a 17 million acre-foot pool, corresponding to a height of 1,830 feet above sea level; however, US Army Engineers are now pushing for a level of 1,850, which will flood what Burdick calls "90,000 acres of the best land in my country," along with a portion of the city of Williston, and the railroad tracks there.

Burdick then states what the people of Williston want: that the dam be built at any height the engineers want, but that the water should be kept no higher than 1,830 until experience shows whether a higher level will be necessary.

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flooding, flood protections, Garrison Dam, Garrison Reservoir, Garrison Diversion, United States Army Corps of Engineers, US Army Engineers

Organizations Referenced

US Bureau of Reclamation, City of Williston North Dakota, United States Army Corps of Engineers, US Army Engineers

People Referenced

Usher Burdick

Letter from Representative Burdick Regarding Garrison Dam Pool Level, January 31, 1946