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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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- H. R. 11449 67th Congress, 2d Session IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES April 25, 1922. Mr. Swing introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Irrigation of Arid Lands and ordered to be printed. A BILL To provide for the protection and development of the lower Colorado River Basin. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That for the purpose of providing for the regulation, control, and development of the Colorado River, an international, interstate, and navigable stream, in accordance with a comprehensive and unified plan, conserving natural resources, and aiding flood control, water supply, and power development, the United States hereby reserves to itself the exclusive right to construct, provide, and control dams, reservoirs, or diversion works upon the main trunk of said river below the mouth of the Green River. Sec. 2. That, for the purpose of regulating the lower Colorado River and controlling the floods therein, providing storage of water for irrigation, securing the development of electrical power, and providing homes for honorably discharged men and women of the United States Army, Navy, and Marine Corps who served therein during the war with Germany, the War with Spain, or in the suppression of the insurrection in the Philippines, the Secretary of the Interior is hereby authorized and empowered to construct a dam and incidental works for the purpose of providing a reservoir at or near Boulder Canyon on said river, adequate for the purposes aforesaid, and to acquire by proceedings in eminent domain or otherwise all lands and rights of way necessary for the said reservoir and incidental works; also to construct a main canal and appurtenant structures located entirely within the United States, connecting the Laguna Dam on said river with the Imperial and Coachella Valleys, in California, together with such other canals and structures as may be required for the distribution and delivery of water from said reservoir and said river to lands in the United States which said Secretary may find practicable of irrigation and reclamation therefrom, and to acquire by proceedings in eminent domain or otherwise all rights of way necessary for such canals and structures. No expenditures for the construction of canals or appurtenant structures authorized hereunder shall be made until the lands to be irrigated thereby shall have first been legally obligated to repay their proper portions, as may be determined by the Secretary of the Interior, of the total costs thereof to the United States in accordance with the terms of repayment prescribed in the Act of Congress approved June 17, 1902, entitled "An Act appropriating the receipts from the sale and disposal of public lands in certain States and Territories to the construction of irrigation works for the reclamation of arid lands,"
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