Rebuilding Lake Wohlford Dam

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Marie Waldron
Marie Waldron. Valley News/Courtesy photo
Assemblymember Marie Waldron Special to Valley News Lake Wohlford Dam is an important water storage, flood control and recreational facility that has served Escondido for generations. Restoring storage capacity and making it earthquake-safe is critically important, which is why I introduced Assembly Bill 692. The dam was originally constructed in 1895 to store water transported via a wooden flume from the San Luis Rey River to Escondido. One of the first rock-fill dams in California, Lake Wohlford Dam was 76 feet high and had a storage capacity of about 3,500 acre-feet. But in 1916, the region was struck with one of our frequent droughts. San Diego hired a rainmaker named Charles Hatfield, who ultimately was blamed for creating a disastrous flood that killed dozens of people an
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