Sept. 7 – The Hoover Dam

ryanAmerican History(BR), Bell Ringers

On Sept. 7, 1936, the Hoover Dam (then called the Boulder Dam), officially opened.

Hoover Dam was the largest hydroelectric power station in the world when it was built, along with being the largest concrete structure at the time. Its primary purpose, however, was and continues to be water control.

Seven states which fall within the basin of the Colorado River that feeds the dam invoked article I of the U.S. Constitution to create an “interstate compact.” Such a compact required approval from Congress. Mediating relations and conflicts among and between states is one of the core purposes of the Constitution.

  1. Hydroelectric power is both clean and economically efficient, but it has a major impact on the environment. Should we be considering additional, new, big hydro projects?
  2. The issue of water continues to challenge policy-makers in Western states. How should the competing claims of consumers, agriculture, and the environment be weighed against each other?

Image Citation:

30, Aug. 2018, Hoover Dam [Digital photograph].  Retrieved from <>.