Excerpt from Remarks of L. L. Robinson, Before House Committee on Water Rights and Drainage, February 17, 1887: In Support of Assembly Bill No. 451, Relating to Impounding Reservoirs for Mining and Other Debris
There are numerous smaller reservoirs, used in: connection with mining ditches, as settling and dis tributing basins, in proximityto the mines. The dams at most of these last mentioned reservoirs are made with brush or earth, or cribs filled with stone or earth -few, if any, of stone, as they are not for permanent storage, nor of great capacity. Mr. State Engineer Hall stated in his remarks the other evening before the Irrigation Committee, that he had, in his exami nations, located sites for 73 dams for storing water. It must be evident to the mind of the most ordinary person, that if all these existing reservoirs (with a storage capacity of at least million cubic yards) were drained of the water, and in its place, earth, rocks, boulders, clay, sand or solid material con tained in any place or gravel ground or mines were deposited, it would certainly remain there.
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