1922 South Dakota Rejects Dams
Voters in South Dakota rejected a plan to develop seven small dams on the Missouri River. The plan was launched by Doane Robinson, state historian, as a means to develop irrigation, hydropower and navigation in the state. Regional jealousies cast a negative pall over the plan, as those in communities wanting a dam opposed other communities getting a dam.
Mr. Robinson had promoted dams on the river in South Dakota since at least 1910. He must be credited with starting serious discussions regarding the benefits and drawbacks about building dams on the Missouri River in South Dakota.