California’s waterscape has been modified beyond all recognition, but what we’ve got is nothing compared to a 1950s proposal which would have essentially turned the Klamath, Trinity & Eel Rivers into long, thin lakes:

Scary 1957 Plan for California's rivers...

The scariest thing I saw this Halloween…

 

This wasn’t the only spooky plan on tap; poke around this Halloween post on the California Water Blog and you’ll find a plan to fire water from cannons to receiving stations miles away. And a scheme which would have turned S.F. Bay into a giant freshwater lake.

Thankfully, none of these plans became a reality, but then, I didn’t get my atomic-powered personal flying car either.

See you in the 50s, Tom Chandler.