Fonds RBSC-ARC-1476 - Run Out Skagit Spoilers Committee fonds

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Run Out Skagit Spoilers Committee fonds

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  • 1938-1981 (Creation)
    Run Out Skagit Spoilers Committee

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3.58 m of textual records.

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In 1941, under provisions of the 'Boundary Waters Treaty' (1909), the City of Seattle applied to the International Joint Commission to raise the level of the reservoir on the Skagit River. This application was approved in 1942. By 1967 it had become necessary to raise the Ross Dam to increase electricity supplies to the City of Seattle. The proposal would have resulted in the flooding of almost 5,000 acres of the Skagit Valley in B.C. By 1969 outdoor and environmental groups began to lobby against the plan citing the devastating ecological ramifications. The R.O.S.S. (Run Out Skagit Spoilers) Committee was formed in 1969 as a coalition of numerous interest groups which organized protests against raising the dam. Plans to flood the Skagit Valley were delayed in light of the public outcry.

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The fonds consists of legal records, correspondence, thesis, printed material and other related records pertaining to the R.O.S.S. Committee's attempts to save the Skagit Valley.

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  • J.D. Ross & Seattle City Light (1917-1932). By: William O,Dell, Sparks, University of Washington. RBSC Call #: HD9685.U7 S47 1964

  • An Economic Study of the Skagit Power Development By: Renato Biarchi, University of Washington. RBSC Call#: HD9685.U7 S52 1938

  • The Genisis of Seattle City Light. By: Wesley A. Dick, University of Washington. RBSC Call#: HD9685.U7 S43 1965

  • The Private vs. Public Power Fight in Seattle, 1930-1934: a study of the efforts of Three Seattle daily papers to influence the public opinion. By: David Earl McNabb, University of Washington. RBSC Call#: PN4899.S514 M26 1968

  • A History of the Upper Skagit Valley 1880-1924. By: Paul C. Pitzer. Call#: HD9685.U7 S56 1966


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Finding aid revised October 2015 by Eric Walerko. Materials were rehoused and an accrual from 2014 was added to the fonds.

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