By Mark W. T. Harvey
Harvey information the 1st significant conflict among conservationists and builders after international conflict II, the profitable struggle to avoid the construction of Echo Park Dam. The dam at the eco-friendly River used to be meant to create a leisure lake in northwest Colorado and generate hydroelectric strength, yet could have flooded picturesque Echo Park Valley and threatened Dinosaur nationwide Monument, straddling the Utah-Colorado border close to Wyoming. Mark W. T. Harvey is affiliate professor of background at North Dakota kingdom collage in Fargo.
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New Deal programs like AAA, FERA, and WPA provided the critical sustenance needed for these states to weather the Great Depression. 6 As their economic woes deepened, these four small states increasingly regarded water within their borders as a valuable resource offering hope and economic stability. Ranchers, farmers, and communities from southwest Wyoming to eastern Utah to Colorado's western slope clamored for the development of streams and rivers that were tributaries to the Colorado River. Throughout this sparsely populated and economically marginal region, interest 26 Chapter 2 began to grow for dams and power plants along the Colorado and tributaries like the Green, Gunnison, San Juan, and Dolores rivers.
G. Birch, an employee of the Denver Post, took a much-publicized river trip down the Yampa, which gave rise to a movement to set aside the river and surrounding canyons as part of the national park system. Birch had an urge to explore and a strong interest in promoting desirable tourist attractions in Colorado. Knowing how much "wealthy sportsmen" enjoyed remote spots, Birch believed that Yampa Canyon offered a vacationer's paradise. " 19 Given the Birch party's inexperience, the Post headlines probably did not exaggerate the risks.
Douglass's discovery became renowned as one of the best windows ever opened into the middle period of dinosaur history. Writing to W. J. Holland, director of the Carnegie Museum, Douglass exclaimed that "so far as I know no dinosaur quarry like this has ever been found before .... "6 The fossil quarry sparked great interest in the sparsely populated Uinta Basin of northeast Utah. Residents of nearby Vernal regularly visited Douglass during the excavations, sold him food and supplies, and occasionally pitched in and assisted him.