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Report of flood control work in southern Nevada winter of 1933 & 1934 by Civilian Conservation Corps, 1934






Report with photos that details flood control work completed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in Southern Nevada during the winter of 1933-34.

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Box 4 Folder 47 Flood Control Reports and Maps for Southern Nevada 1934-1950


hln000587. John Wittwer Collection on Agriculture in Nevada, 1898-1972. MS-00181. Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada.


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Supervision, Nevada State of Nevada Flood Control Work REPORT OF FLOOD CONTROL WORK IN SOUTHERN NEVADA WINTER OF 1933 & 1934 BY CIVILIAN CONSERVATION CORPS About the first of October, 1933 it was announced by Robert Fechner, in charge of the President's Emergency Conservation work, that erosion and flood control projects would be included within the CCC program. At the request of Cecil W. Creel, acting for the Governor, two CCC Camps, PE-202 at Moapa, Nevada with A. L. Ferguson of Ely, Nevada as Camp Superintendent and PE-203 at Alamo, Nevada with James Griswold of Elko, Nevada as Camp Superintendent, were approved about October 15, 1933 for the State of Nevada for the purpose of doing erosion and flood control work. Mr. W. E. Tangren, Assistant Forest Supervisor of the Humbolt National Forest, supervised and correlated the efforts of the Camp Superintendents. There was little time for preliminary investigation and extensive surveys but so time was lost in collecting information numerous suggested projects. The engineering committee, consisting of George W. Malone, State Engineer of the state of Nevada, Mr. L. M. Winsor, flood control expert of the Bureau of Agricultural engineering and Mr. J. P. Martin, Regional Engineer of the Forest service, were appointed by Mr. R. M. Rutledge,Regional Forester, for the purpose of rendering assistance in connection with engineering practice and to approve each project before construction was commenced. Tentative selections of projects were made by Mr. J. H. Wittwer, Extension Agent of Las Vegas, L. M. Winsor, W. E. Tangren and myself, in cooperation with Iocal people. The engineering committee made a field trip into Southern Nevada, for the purpose of Making final selection of projects and establishing standards. Mr. C. L. Forsling, in charge of the Intermountain Forest and Range experiment station, assisted in some of the preliminary work. The people of Pahranagat Valley and Moapa Valley, at the beginning, were not very enthusiastic about the flood control work. there were numerous rights-of-way problems and consequently the problem! of converting the people to the necessity and importance of the work and to gain their confidence in connection with standards was one of the first big problems.