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LMUD Presents: This Day in Susanville History – September 14, 1931

Friday, September 14th, 2018

Leon Bly at the inlet to the Bly Tunnel at Eagle Lake in 1921. ~Lassen Historical Society photo~

Lower Outlet of Eagle Lake
September 14, 1931

The long dry, hot summer just past, together with practically no run off last winter to increase the water supply for irrigation in Eagle Lake, makes it necessary to once more lower the cut leading to the tunnel.

To insure a supply of water for next season it will necessary to lower the cut five feet in depth and approximately three hundred feet in length. In the interest of economy, the work will be started as soon as possible. It is estimated that the cost will not exceed $10,000 and that the work can be completed in ninety days, if done this fall instead of waiting until next spring.

The work of raising the necessary funds has been undertaken by C. E. Lawson, secretary of the chamber of commerce and he is meeting with satisfactory co-operation.

There is not sufficient water now running through the canal to permit irrigation, but there is enough for watering stock. Another danger to the farmer if the district is the condition of the flume across the valley. This has to be kept wet the year round or it will soon fall to pieces.

The cost of replacement would be $100,000, a sum that is not possible to raise at the present time; therefore it is necessary to take the precaution now of insuring a supply of water for next year and avoid the two calamities the loss of crops and the destruction of the syphon, which is one of the longest in the world.

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