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flatter land in Rhineland. Here the creek beds disappeared and as a result the water spread evenly over the land."

By 1902 the Public Works Department had sent out hydrographic engineers to survey the area and a drainage district encompassing over 120,000 acres was defined. (See map.) Lands to be used for drainage canals were then listed in area newspapers and bought by the munic­ ipality." The planned drainage ignored local drainage and concentrated on digging channels for the water from the point where the coulees lost themselves in marshes, to a point where the channels were once again well defined near the Red River. 9

Actual dredging was commenced in 1903 as 60 miles of drains were finally located and dredges, including a floating dredge, were

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