Mathews Drop DamMathews Drop Dam in 1938 (courtesy of NRCS)
The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) developed what is locally known as the “Mathews Drop structure” northeast of Caliente, Nevada. Its construction was meant to “stop gully erosion along the Meadow Valley Wash, slowing floodwaters and stopping head-cutting along a portion of the Meadow Valley Wash north of Caliente.”
The Mathews Drop Dam was so effective that, after many years, Panaca Meadows replaced the huge erosion gully cutting through the valley.
Renee Corona Kolvet and Victoria Ford. The Civilian Conservation Corps in Nevada: From Boys to Men. University of Nevada Press. (page 137)
National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) staff in Caliente, NV.
Project originally submitted by Evan Kalish on January 14, 2015.
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