Lewis and Clark: Pick-Sloan Missouri River Basin Project Goals
It has been nearly 50 years since the Pick-Sloan Missouri River Basin Program began. A review of its original goals shows that some have been realized or surpassed and other have not met their projections.
The Pick-Sloan Missouri River Basin Program was one of the most comprehensive plans ever created for the development and management of a basin's water resources.
|41 million acre feet||>73.4 million acre feet|
|758 megawatts||2,801 megawatts|
|Incidental||60,000,900 visitor hours per year|
|20 million tons/year||1.8 million tons per year|
|5 million acres||>600,000 acres|
The plan initially intended that 95 dams with 17 hydropower plants be constructed along with facilities for irrigating about five million acres of land.
These would provide multiple benefits for municipal and industrial water supply, irrigation, hydroelectric power, flood control, navigation, sediment abatement, fish and wildlife enhancement, recreation and pollution control. Irrigation, hydropower, flood control and navigation are the authorized functions.
The investment made to the program thus far is $5.5 billion, with $1.2 billion of which has been used for mainstem dam construction including Fort Peck Dam in Montana, Garrison Dam in North Dakota, and Oahe, Big Bend, Fort Randall and Gavins Point Dams in South Dakota.