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This letter, dated February 9, 1954, from United States (US) Representative Usher Burdick to Lyle Bryngleson, temporary manager of the Sheyenne Valley Electric Cooperative, Inc., is a reply to an apparent request for Burdick to "get behind" a pool level of 1850 feet for the Garrison Dam Reservoir. Burdick mentions having "fought for" the Rural Electric Association, and then lays out his reasons for opposing the 1850 foot pool level, claiming that Bryngelson doesn't "know anything about it," and speculating that someone is "scaring" Bryngelson with claims that a lower pool level won't produce enough electricity. Burdick lists several other reasons for his opposition and concludes with a claim that the higher pool level is really wanted, not for power generation, but for irrigation, and notes that there are currently no plans for irrigation submitted to the US Congress. "Yet you command that I get behind this 1850 [foot] level," he writes, adding, "If someone is thinking for you, I will say no one is thinking for me."
This letter is virtually identical to a letter sent to Lyle Bryngleson, temporary manager of the Sheyenne Valley Electric Cooperative, Inc.
Letter from Representative Burdick to E. M. Arntson Regarding Garrison Dam Pool Level, February 9, 1954
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pool level, pool height, water height, water level, flood height, flood level, US Army Corps of Engineers, US Army Engineers, Garrison Dam, Garrison Reservoir, Garrison Diversion, Williston Basin, City of Williston North Dakota, flooding, irrigation, hydropower, power generation
REA, US Congress, Tri-County Electric Cooperative, United States Army Corps of Engineers, US Army Engineers, City of Williston
Usher Burdick, Lyle Bryngelson
Burdick, Usher L., "Letter from Representative Burdick to Lyle Bryngelson Regarding Garrison Dam Pool Height, February 9, 1954" (1954). Usher Burdick Papers. 413.