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Dam the World

James K. Agee

in Steward's Fork

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2007 | ISBN: 9780520251250
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520933798 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520251250.003.0011
Dam the World

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This chapter focuses on the construction of dams in Trinity. The Arkansas Dam was the first dam built in the gold-rush days. The 1890 landslide in Burnt Ranch, known as the China Slide, created a temporary dam on the Trinity River that extended thirteen miles with the water level about one hundred feet deep. The third big dam occurred in the Salmon River during the big flood of 1964. In the aftermath of the 1964 flood, California's Department of Water Resources (DWR) proposed to build more dams in the North Coast, arguing that coastal dams would help control floods. The chapter highlights the California Water Plan, which proposed damming almost the entire length of the Klamath River and the Trinity River. It also explains the major factors that brought the construction of dams in the Klamath region to a close.

Keywords: dams; Trinity; Arkansas Dam; China Slide; Trinity River; Water Resources; DWR; California Water Plan; Klamath River

Chapter.  5821 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Biodiversity and Conservation Biology

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