Ranger Headquarters

Ranger Headquarters
Big Pine National Forest, Knotty Pine

Friday, February 12, 2010

RB064 Penny Wise and Pound Foolish

This week's story fits extremely well with the weather we are experiencing around the country this winter, especially the last several days' weather:

It is late winter in the Shady Mountains. Heavy winter snows are beginning to melt threatening to flood many areas in the Shady River valley. Construction of the Silver River Dam is close to completion. The dam must be in operation soon to help control spring floods in the valley.

Bill and the boys stop to see the dam and visit with their friend, the project engineer Brick Finch. Brick is crowing over the great deal he got on the motors that raise and lower the spillway doors. Problems with those spillway motors start almost as soon as the motors are turned on. The spillways must work correctly or flooding will cause great damage to the farms and towns below the dam. Can Bill help Brick see that he has been "penny wise and pound foolish" before it's too late?

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