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This map shows what state boundaries might look like if 19th-century explorer John Wesley Powell's proposal to draw the boundaries by watersheds had been adopted. (Image courtesy of CommunityBuilders.net)

Watershed, drainage woes linger from statehood days

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By Jessica Giard

Dakotafire Media

The 19th-century explorer John Wesley Powell wanted to draw the political boundaries of the arid American West based on watersheds, to avoid fights over water.

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