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This resolution that is undated, from the Board of Directors of the Watford City (North Dakota) Association of Commerce, argues that a pool level of 1850 feet behind the Garrison Dam will "imperil or destroy" the Lewis and Clark and Buford-Trenton irrigation projects, thus resulting in permanent loss of productions from effected agricultural units, as well as the displacement of many farm families, whereas a pool height of 1830 feet will result in less destruction without interfering with the primary purpose of power generation and water storage.

For these reasons, the Board of Directors, "respectfully urges the joint session of Governors, the representatives of the Bureau of Reclamation, and the officers of the U. S. Army Engineers Corps meeting at Omaha, August 16, 1945 to plan the construction of the Garrison Dam at a pool level which will cause the least possible property damage consistent with the purpose of the integrated plan for the development of the Missouri River Basin."

While this resolution is undated, it references a meeting that will take place on August 16, 1945. Therefore, it is reasonable to assume that this resolution dates around 1945. In this resolution, there are handwritten signatures from the two authors, Leland M. Stenehjem and Erven W. Day.

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Garrison, Garrison Dam, Mandan Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation, Mandan, Nueta, Hidatsa, Arikara, Sahnish

Organizations Referenced

Watford City Association of Commerce, US Bureau of Reclamations, US Army Corps of Engineers

People Referenced

Leland M. Stenehjem, Erven W. Day, Owen Hostler, Elem Peterson, Oscar Knudtson, Cliff Stavn


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Resolution from Watford City Association of Commerce Regarding Garrison Dam Pool Level, Undated