One of the easiest ways to start an argument in the U.S. is to propose damming a river. Last week the fights over two big dam projects which have been through long controversies were settled.

¶Governors. Senators and Representatives of four Western states voted to drop the controversial Echo Park Dam from their plan to develop power resources on the upper Colorado River. Conservationists had opposed the plan, angrily pointing out that the Echo Park Dam would flood the Dinosaur National Monument in Colorado's northwest corner. The four-state group now plans to...

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