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Endorsement of House bill 11449 (similar to Senate bill 3511) Congress of the United States : providing for the construction by the federal goverment of the Boulder Canyon Dam and the All-American Canal
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TWO VITAL PROJECTS In a bill now pending before Congress it is proposed that the Federal Government construct a dam on the Colorado River at Boulder Canyon, and thus regulate and control the flow of the river and prevent disastrous flood conditions. Provision is further made in this bill for the construction by the Federal Government of the All-American canal, a project that will provide for the irrigation of large tracts of arid land. House bill 11449, which is similar to Senate bill 3511, is drawn to authorize these two projects. It conforms to the policy recommended in public statements by both the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Commerce, in his capacity of Chairman of the Colorado River Commission, that the United States should reserve to itself the control of all dams to be constructed on the Colorado River, below the mouth of the Green River. As an incident to the construction of the dam there will be created extremely valuable power rights. The cost of the dam, it is provided, will be charged against these power rights. The cost of the All-American canal and the works in connection therewith is to be charged against the land to be brought under irrigation. The plan of the Boulder Canyon project has been worked out by the United States Reclamation Service after extensive investigation and as a result of many hearings and long discussions. It is a carefully balanced, co-ordinated program. Its consummation will not affect the rights or claims of those interested in the upper reaches of the Colorado river. And it is provided that the project, within a reasonable time, will finance itself. The plan recognizes in a fair and reasonable way the powerful sentiment of the people against permitting this, perhaps the Nation's greatest source of hydro-electric power, to pass permanently into private hands. Under this plan power privileges may only be granted to private interests for limited periods of time.

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