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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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- ALL-AMERICAN CANAL Definite provision is made in H. R. 11449 for the establishment of the All-American Canal, which would make possible the distribution of water from the Colorado River to approximately 900,000 acres of land in Imperial and Coachella Valleys, including about 450,000 acres now supplied by the existing systems and about 450,000 acres of land now arid, which could be supplied by the proposed canal. By far the greater proportion of the land which would be irrigated from the All-American canal could be reached by gravity flow. The rest could be economically irrigated by pumping. One of the outstanding features of this tremendously important project is, that throughout its entire length the canal will be on territory of the United States. This condition will be of immense benefit to the farmers in view of the fact that their irrigation water now comes to them from the Colorado river by way of Mexico—a situation fraught with difficulties and possible complications of the most serious nature. As proposed by the United States Reclamation Service, the canal will have its intake at Laguna dam, a common diversion point on the Colorado river for the irrigation of lands located in California and Arizona. From Laguna dam the canal would extend southward to the international boundary line, and thence westward in the United States to a point about 10 miles west of Calexico, covering a total distance of about 75 miles. The All-American canal would make possible the irrigation of about 200,000 acres of public land otherwise perpetually doomed to an arid state. With this situation in view, provision has been made in H. R. 11449 to give ex-service men preferential rights in the settlement of these lands.
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