Francis C. Carr: Aquafornia Water Word of the Week
Historical water people and their fascinating behind-the-scenes stories came to mind with the recent 50-year anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s dedication of the Whiskeytown Reservoir and Dam, part of the Central Valley Project’s Trinity River Division.
Aquafornia’s Water Word of the Week from sister site Aquapedia is Francis C. Carr, whose bio is included in the Historical Water People section of the Water Education Foundation’s free online water encyclopedia.
According to the Aquapedia entry, “Francis C. Carr (1875-1944) and his descendants played a prominent role in the development of the federal Central Valley Project, including Shasta Dam, and the creation of the Whiskeytown National Recreation Area. In the Northern California community of Redding, he was a justice of peace, a renowned water rights attorney in the law firm of Carr and Kennedy and helped form the Anderson-Cottonwood Irrigation District. He was often in the nation’s Capitol in Washington, D.C., advocating for funds from Congress to get this visionary project built for the benefit of all of California. In his honor, the Judge Francis Carr Powerplant was named after him.”
Aquapedia also includes an entry on Trinity Dam and Trinity River among its more than 200 definitions on water terms from A to Z.