Water supplies of the South Platte River Basin
It has been told that early plains travelers declared the great arid region west of the Missouri River a desert which could never become the home of civilized man. While this may have been the prevailing sentiment of many, there were those who possessed the necessary insight to realize the vast potential of this land. John Wesly Powell, the great explorer, is credited with the observation that “all the great value of this territory has ultimately to be measured in acre-feet.” And so it was that water would become the life blood of the west, its availability determining and allowing for the very ...
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