The New Dakota Pipeline

With the new year here and a new president in office, many things have already changed very quickly for the people of North Dakota. In particular, many Native Americans are affected by the new pipeline that was put into official documents by President Trump. During the fall, many Native Americans and other activists fought very hard to make sure this project would never pass.

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With a new president in office this wasn’t the case at all. The new oil pipeline will start construction sometime this year, and essentially cuts out the need to transport oil via train. There are plans to construct it using American steel products and hire a ton of the area’s local concrete contractors to contribute to the pipeline. This whole project has caused a lot of controversy in the Native American community, especially those in North Dakota.

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Endangered California: Serious Flooding Close

The Oroville Dam is regarded as the tallest dam in the U. S. at 770 feet (235 m) high. It serves mainly as a flood control, hydroelectricity generation as well as a means of water supply. It is in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada east of the Sacramento Valley. It is about 159 miles northeast of San Francisco. This dam is notable for impounding the second largest California human-made lake. It can store more than 3.5 million acre-feet of water. It is one of the key features of the California State Water Project after completion by the California Department of Water Resources.

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Even though much difficulties were encountered before the completion of the dam; the dam was a success. It was reported that during its construction, multiple floods and a train wreck was experienced. Recently after years of completion, the dam faces a very severe crisis. This crisis has led to the order for the evacuation of almost 200, 000 individuals.

HISTORY OF OROVILLE DAM

The plan to have a project developed for irrigation purposes of the highly fertile Central Valley. Thus, in 1935, the Central Valley Project, a federal project, planned to develop the Sacramento and San Joaquin river systems for irrigation. However, in 1945, California experienced an economic boom as well as a rapid urban and commercial growth, especially in the central and southern portion. Thus, it became evident that the state could not only depend on solely a water system that is geared primarily towards agriculture. Thus, the California State Legislature enacted an Act, under which a study was conducted about to the California’s water supplies. Continue reading Endangered California: Serious Flooding Close