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Pages: 136. Not illustrated. Chapters: Grand Coulee Dam, Condit
Hydroelectric Project, Bonneville Dam, Elwha Dam, Nooksack Falls,
Snoqualmie Falls, Rocky Reach Dam, List of Dams in the Columbia
River Watershed, Culmback Dam, Rock Island Dam, Lake Chelan Dam,
Mcnary Dam, the Dalles Dam, John Day Dam, Priest Rapids Dam, Skagit
River Hydroelectric Project, Lower Granite Dam, Chief Joseph Dam,
Ice Harbor Dam, Wanapum Dam, Box Canyon Dam, Cushman Dam No. 1,
Glines Canyon Dam, Lower Monumental Dam, Little Goose Dam, Wells
Dam, Alder Dam, Cushman Dam No. 2, Weeks Falls, Mossyrock Dam,
Diablo Dam, Merwin Dam, Yale Dam, Swift Dam, Boundary Dam, Roza
Dam, Wynoochee Dam. Excerpt: Grand Coulee Dam - The dam was built
under the auspices of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation as part of the
Columbia Basin Project for irrigation of desert areas of the
Pacific Northwest and for the production of electricity. Central
Washington's Columbia Basin was a slightly over-ambitious candidate
for a dam. The Columbia was by far the largest river anyone had
ever considered damming. A Spokane group wanted a safer 134-mile
(216 km) gravity flow canal from the Pend Oreille River at Albeni
Falls. And the original low dam design would have been useful for
regulating navigation flows, and for hydroelectic power, but it
would have been too far below the top of the canyon to make it
useful for irrigation of the fertile loess soil of the basin. The
controversy over which project should go forward was a central
issue of Washington state politics in the 1920s. By the 1930s,
after thirteen years of debate and several studies, and with the
Depression in full swing, Roosevelt was eager for large public
works. In 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt authorized the dam
as a Public Works Administration project, and Congress appropriated
funding for the low dam. Two years later, the a...
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