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Steward's ForkA Sustainable Future for the Klamath Mountains$
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James Agee

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780520251250

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520251250.001.0001

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Dam the World

Dam the World

(p.164) Chapter 11 Dam the World
Steward's Fork

James K. Agee

University of California Press

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

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