1937, WPA Yelm Creek Project

200 Alaska Building
Seattle, Washington
­ ­The University of Washington has joined with the U. S. Army Engineers
Office, the Works Progress Administration and local county commissioners in
combating flood conditions throughout the state.
The Hydraulics Laboratory of the University will undertake a series of
studies made possible by a W.P.A. allotment of $8,784 to determine the influence of river channeling, problems of silting and erosion in streams, and tidal and current movements in harbors and streams. Models reproducing existing conditions, will be used as the basis of the experiments.
Workers supplied by the W.P.A. will be used only to assist in the
construction and operation of the models, according to Don G. Abel, WPA state
Administrator. The data for the design, as well as the design will be furnished by other agencies qualified to undertake such work.
­Of the $3,000,000 federal funds allotted for flood protection measures
in the Western Washington U.S. Flood Control District during the 1937-38 fiscal year, $2,100,000 has been expended, leaving approximately $900,000 available for the remaining period. according to data released by the U. S. Army Engineers Office.
During the more than two years operation of flood control projects in
this district, 15 projects have been completed and g are now in operation. In
King County, Skokomish, Cedar, Green and the Lower Carbon river projects have been completed; Puyallup and Carbon river projects in Pierce County; Skokomish River operations in Snohomish County; Des Chutes, Yelm, the Upper Chehalis and Skookumchuck river projects in Thurston County; ­inault River in Grays Harbor County; Skokomish, Coffee and Goldsborough Rivers in Mason County; Jimmy Come-Lately River project in Clallam County.
­More than 630 river workers, supplied by the WPA, are employed on flood prevention programs operating on the Nooksack River in Whatcom County,
Skagit River in Skagit County, Stillaguamish and Pilchuck Rivers in Snohomish
County, Chehalis River in Grays Harbor County, Docewallips River in Jefferson
County and Snoqualmie River in King County.
­Seattle, Washington, October 28, 1937

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