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It was long since pointed out by this journal that if no remedial measures were taken a time must arrive when the Sacramento river would cease to be navigable, and when the mass of detritus washed down would so fill its bed that it would spread over the adjoining country, resolve itself onto a number of insignificant streams, and convert a vast fertile area into quagmire and morass….[The} main desideratum is to prevent the mining debris from being washed down into the valleys….Of course there is no question of stopping the development of the mines….The city of Sacramento is deeply involved, for disaster awaits her commerce and her safety. (Sacramento Record-Union, December, 1875)

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