WE Potter



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This letter, dated April 6, 1950, from United States (US) Colonel of Corps of Engineers WE Potter to US Representative Usher Burdick concerns the authorization of the US Army Engineers to assist in the construction of new water and sewage systems for Van Hook and Sanish, North Dakota. The letter states that it answers in reference to Burdick's February 16 letter on the topic. It states that Sanish and Van Hook have no publicly owned water and sewage systems, instead obtaining water from private wells and cisterns. The letter goes on to discuss the relocation of Sanish and details the proposed North, South, and East sites. It then gives estimates for water systems for each site. It suggests that combing the two towns may be the best option, as this would allow the community to be larger and make use of a modern sewage system. The letter concludes by stating that the US Army Engineers are not authorized to provide public water and sewage which have no existing counterparts in present towns, and that instead the owners of the private water systems would be compensated by the acquisition of real properties.

Date of Work



relocation, flood protections, land acquisition, Garrison Dam, Garrison Reservoir, Garrison Diversion, Sanish, Van Hook, water and sewage, water system, Public Law 355 81st Congress

Organizations Referenced

United States Army Corps of Engineers, US Army Engineers,

People Referenced

WE Potter, Usher Burdick

Letter from WE Potter to Representative Burdick Regarding Garrison Dam, US Army Engineers, and Water Systems for Van Hook and Sanish, North Dakota, April 6, 1950