Oral Histories

Interview of Harold Conkling

Hydraulic engineer and chief for the California State Division of Water Rights.
Harold Conkling: Hydraulic Engineer
Oral History of California Water Resources Development
Urban Planning and Land Use
Water Resources
Biographical Note:
Hydraulic engineer and chief for the California State Division of Water Rights.
Simms, Daniel
Conkling, Harold
Supporting Documents:
Records relating to the interview are located in the office of the UCLA Library's Center for Oral History Research.
Regents of the University of California, UCLA Library.
Series Statement:
This series had its origin in a grant from the University of California Water resources Center in 1965. The project was a joint effort by the UCLA Oral History Program and the Regional Oral History Office, University of California, Berkeley. For some years after the close of the grant period, limited interviewing in this area continued.
Growing up in Tekamah, Nebraska; engineering courses at University of Nebraska, 1901-2; further study at Cornell University, 1903-4; work with United States Bureau of Reclamation, 1911-20; Minidoka Project in Snake River Valley; Arrowrock Dam on Boise River; San Ignatius Project in Montana; Jackson Lake Reservoir in Wyoming; Colorado River studies in planning and design of Hoover Dam; Elephant Butte Reservoir in New Mexico; North Platte River Basin in Nebraska; Mono Basin and Imperial Valley in California; chief of California Division of Water Rights, 1927-45; water studies of San Fernando, Santa Ana, and San Gabriel valleys; water consultant for Los Angeles City Department of Water and Power.