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This letter, dated May 3, 1949, from United States (US) Representative Usher Burdick to attorney William S. Murray is a reply to a letter from Murray regarding the pool level of Garrison Dam. Burdick states that he will respond with facts rather than conclusions, and goes through a series of claims Murray makes in his letter, explaining why he believes them to be misinformed. Burdick then outlines his conclusions from the facts mentioned relative to Murray's claims. These conclusions support a pool height of 1,830 feet as provided for by law. Some of the reasons listed include that a pool height of 1,830 feet will provide sufficient flood control, that Devils Lake already has irrigation provided by the Missouri-Souris, and that the City of Williston will be devastated by a higher pool height.

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pool level, pool height, water height, water level, flood height, flood level, flooding, flood protections, land acquisition, Garrison Dam, Garrison Reservoir, Garrison Diversion

Organizations Referenced

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

People Referenced

Usher Burdick, William S Murray

Letter from Representative Burdick to William Murray Regarding Garrison Dam Pool Level, May 3, 1949