The New River, which flows some 250 mountainous miles from southwestern Virginia in a hook northwest into West Virginia,* is a thoroughly old-fashioned stream. The New is unimproved, except for traces of a small Congressional appropriation a half-century ago; like all unimproved streams it alternately races and moseys, brawls and dawdles. Fifteen years ago Appalachian Electric Power Co. decided to throw a dam across the New, five miles above the little town of Radford, Va. (pop. 6,898). The Federal Power Commission demanded that Appalachian accept a license to dam the stream for...

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