W. E. Potter



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This letter, dated April 6, 1950, from Colonel W. E. Potter of the United States (US) Army Corps of Engineers 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. In it, Potter reference Burdick's February 16 letter on the topic, stating that Sanish and Van Hook have no publicly owned water and sewage systems, instead obtaining water from private wells and cisterns. He goes on to discuss the relocation of Sanish and details the proposed North, South, and East sites, giving estimates for water systems for each site, and ultimately suggesting that combining the two towns may be the best option, as this would enlarge the community and make use of a modern sewage system. He 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

W. E. Potter, Usher Burdick

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