On account of the recurring nature and the destructive character of the floods which have devastated property in Davis County and elsewhere in recent years, it appeared advisable to make a special study of the situation, I, therefore, in 1930, appointed a commission of citizens whom I deemed especially qualified, including practical engineers, geologists, foresters, and stockmen, asking them "to study the origin and cause of floods in Davis County and other parts of the state, and to ascertain whether any flood prevention measures are feasible".
"Circular No. 92 - Torrential Floods in Northern Utah" (1931). UAES Circulars. Paper 83.