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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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- POWER WILL FINANCE DAM The primary purpose of the Boulder Canyon dam would be to provide flood protection, and second to this, irrigation in the lower basin of the Colorado river. Imperative and important as these two are, it has been pointed out by the United States Reclamation Service, that from neither of these benefits can be returned to the Government sufficient revenues to repay the expense of constructing the dam. It is obvious that if the construction of the Boulder Canyon dam is to be placed upon a self-financing basis, the dam itself must be built to sufficient height to provide for the development of large quantities of hydro-electric power. To construct a dam at Boulder Canyon of a type that would exclude water power development, would be, as Southern California believes, a gross economic blunder. It would mean the creation of an enormous debt and failure to take advantage of the opportunity to make the enterprise pay for itself. On the other hand, the dam, as it has been proposed by the United States Reclamation Service, in addition to providing for flood protection and irrigation, would be a source of electric energy to the amount of approximately 600,000 continuous horsepower. This electric energy would be readily absorbed in the power markets of the adjoining states, and would afford an adequate basis for reimbursing to the government its entire outlay on the construction of the dam.
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