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The Cost of Water: Who Benefits? Who Pays? Summary, Ralph Johnson, Director, Burton K. Wheeler Center

June 7, 2011View for printing

Water is the most important resource Montana holds.

The Cost of Water: Who Benefits? Who Pays? Summary, Ralph Johnson, Director, Burton K. Wheeler Center

Late in 1933 President Franklin Delano Roosevelt had a meeting, lasting less than a half hour, with Senator Burton K. Wheeler. Senator Wheeler, who had previously voted against the National Recovery Act and its public works component giving President Roosevelt vast authority and money intended to stimulate the economy, advocated for the building of a dam on the Missouri River at Fort Peck, Montana. Less than 10 days after their meeting, in October of 1933, work began on the Fort Peck Dam and in June of 1937 the dam closed the Missouri River. By its substantial completion in 1940 over 10,000 Depression Era workers had radically altered the Missouri River, its adjacent landscape, wildlife, social, cultural and economic influences.

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