The Head Waters of the Willamette
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|View from the beach|
|Our starting point was pretty shallow. These are some guys on a different trip.|
|Action Adventure Team Candid Shot (in the middle of the lake)|
|Closer to the Burn|
|Not sure what this is, But I like it.|
|This is from that paper I cited. Note that a Coffer Dam is holding back the water, these guys are below lake level.|
|This is a picture from last year. We must be floating about where the Coffer Dam was. Perhaps they never really removed the Coffer Dam.|
- Franklin Roosevelt was getting conservation crazy. He had this idea that large use of natural resources could not be left to private enterprise. (“One point must be made clear however, Rosevelt's (sic) federal conservation policy was not against private enterprise per se, only those who would unscrupulously squander and deplete public resources for private gain “) This made for more hoops to jump through in the quest for water rights. The Waldo Lake company had the Oregon rights but not the national rights.
- The actual markets for the water and electricity did not show up. The farmers were using well water and electricity demands either weren't as high as expected or were being met by other competitors.
- There just wasn't enough water replenishment capability in Waldo. In fact, later studies showed that if they had drained the water to the capability of the tunnel (25 feet) it would have taken 10 years to refill the lake.