Stripping Reservoir Lands.

Issue 2 and Volume 44.

Stripping Reservoir Lands. As there has been some controversy lately as to whether or not it is an advantage to “strip land” for reservoir purposes, the writer thought that possibly his own personal experiences, with rather notable examples of each class, might be of some interest and, better, bring out some discussion on this important question. The first experience was with a “stripped” reservoir, at Elmira, N. Y. This reservoir was built in 1871 and 1872, and was filled in the fall of 1872. 1 he drainage-area is 4J2 sq. miles, all hilly and sparsely inhabited farm land. A small portion only is under cultivation, most of the land being pasture or woodland. The soil is clay or heavy clay loam, the rock formation, a shaley slate. The land is all hilly and contains numerous ravines with steep sides. The reservoir is formed by an earth dam across a narrow…

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