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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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PROVISIONS OF BILL H. R. 11449, which is similar to Senate Bill 3511, provides for the development of the Lower Colorado River, in the interest of, first, flood protection; second, irrigation; and, third, power. It authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to construct an adequate dam and incidental works at or near Boulder Canyon, also the so-called "All-American Canal" connecting the Laguna dam with Imperial and Coachella Valleys. It requires the Secretary of the Interior to allocate among the interested states and communities, upon an equitable basis, the right to use the water discharged from the dam for generating power, giving preference to the application of any political subdivision or district for the right to itself make use of the power allocated to it as against any private application for power for serving such community. It provides for leasing the power rights, so allocated to the applicants, for periods not exceeding 50 years, with provisions similar to those in the Federal Water Power Act for the taking over by the Government, upon the expiration of any lease, at a fair valuation, of the physical properties of the lessee. It further provides that any political subdivision, instead of taking a lease, may, with the consent of the Secretary of the Interior, pay to the United States, in advance, or in installments covering a period not exceeding 25 years, a part of the cost of the dam proportionate to the amount of power allocated to such political subdivision, and thereby acquire a permanent power right, subject to the payment of a proportionate part of the cost of operating and maintaining the dam. It appropriates not exceeding $70,000,000 for the construction of these works, with provision for reimbursing the Government, as to the cost of the dam, from rentals and installment payments or contributions, and, as to the cost of the canal, from assessments upon the lands to be irrigated, to be payable substantially in the manner provided under the Reclamation Act. It provides that the right to develop power on the canal shall belong to the districts, communities, and lands which contribute to the cost thereof, in proportion to such contributions, reserving, however, to the United States the control of such power rights and the proceeds therefrom, until the Government has been fully reimbursed for the cost of such canal. It preserves all vested rights of the States and their citizens, above the reservoir, to the use of the waters of the Colorado river. It gives to ex-service men and women a preference right in the settlement of the public lands which shall be irrigated from such works, and, as far as practicable, a preference in all construction work authorized by such act. It preserves the contract of October 23, 1918, between the United States and the Imperial Irrigation District, providing for a connection with Laguna dam, but authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to negotiate for modification of such contract.

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