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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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- FEDERAL CONTROL IMPERATIVE More than $10,000,000 have already been expended in the construction of flood protective works along the Lower Colorado River. The following table lists the several sources from which these expenditures have been made: U. S. Reclamation Service....... $ 3,070,000 Special Congressional Acts...... 1,100,000 Southern Pacific Railroad Co... 3,000,000 Imperial Irrigation District...... 2,834,920 _________ Total ...............$10,004,920 Despite the magnitude of these expenditures, they have failed to provide for Imperial Valley any sort of permanent flood protection. Each flood season finds the waters of the Colorado threatening to break from their uncertain course; each flood season compels the spending of additional large sums of money to hold back the river for a few more months. Thus, it becomes obvious, that no matter how extensive its protective work—no matter how many millions of dollars are expended in the building of levees—nothing can be done by Imperial Valley that will provide adequate flood protection. Regulation of the river's flow is the only source of safety. The river being an international and interstate stream, the Federal Government is the only agency which can effect this regulation.
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