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Thursday, 01 July 2010

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BxCapricorn

For an excerpt from the book, go to this link:

http://www.usairwaysmag.com/articles/colossus_hoover_dam_and_the_making_of_the_american_century/

Always enjoy this blog. Happy 4th.

Tim

I remember that winter as well. We lived in an isolated subdivision, about 50 houses on 60 acres m/l, near Steamboat Springs south of Reno. The road in crossed a creek (can't remember its name) which flooded and washed out both approaches. Fortunately there was a back way, although it was not easy.

Being a slow learner, I now live on a ridge between two canyons spanned by bridges, both of which are "reaching the end of their service life."
http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist1/d1projects/albion_salmon/

Michael

Thanks for commenting, Todd and Emily.

Todd - I recall rafting that spring, but in the ferocious Truckee, not the Colorado. I still came close to disaster on one occasion.

Emily - I figured 'recent memory' might elicit a comment from someone. I added some more material to the post, including my employment: I was working for the Desert Research Institute in Reno. I felt guilty not paying state income tax, so I moved to California.

Emily Green

I'm so glad that 1983 is classed by someone else as "recent memory" that I might forget to thank you for the link. Our "El Nino" this year in Southern California produced a wholly unexceptional amount of rain, roughly 16 inches as opposed to the 15 inch "norm," and, alas, the Colorado is not filled up to its dam spillways either. So far the NWS is calling the coming season a La Nina, which, if it lasts two years, may dry things out to the point CA pols can terrorize voters into backing a water bond. Truckee, eh ... an USGS job?

Rainbow Water Coalition

Running the river in 1983 was also quite a thrill:
http://www.paddlermagazine.com/issues/2000_2/article_4.shtml

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