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The Colorado River Boulder Canyon Project and the All-American Canal
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During the last ten years, Southern California has been passing through one of those periodic cycles of low rainfall, characteristic of our meteorological records. As a result of the diminished local water supply, particularly at the end of this long period, Southern California communities now generally concede that the warning of water supply engineers, freely offered as long as 15 years ago, was sound and should have been heeded. We were advised that even in years of better than average rainfall, Southern California communities have been guilty of an overdraft upon their local water resources, without any provision having been made for replenishing. We have been building community growth at the expense of an already overtaxed water crop. This condition has centered the eyes of every community upon the possibility of the Boulder Canyon-Colorado River Project, affording opportunity to obtain an additional water supply for Southern California. In the meantime, the City of Los Angeles was quite naturally in position to take the- lead in the matter of ascertaining the limits of possibility for a water supply in connection with the proposed Boulder Canyon-Colorado River legislation, because it has at the head of its water resources an engineer of the commanding experience of Mr. William Mulholland, builder of the aqueduct. After very extensive engineering and economic investigations this engineer was able to assure the communities of Southern California, that, as a source of domestic water supply, the Colorado River is feasible and practicable, providing, and providing only, as he has warned, that the Boulder Canyon Dam is built to the full height recommended by the Federal Department. In this connection it is important to contrast this warning with the suggestions that have been made for a flood control dam only, by those who would seek to delay and finally defeat the consummation of the improvement as officially recommended. The Proposed Colorado River Aqueduct Following suggestions from many public officials, the Boulder Dam Association of Southern California invited representatives of all communities interested in this phase of our local problem to meet at Pasadena, in September, 1924. Representatives of thirty-seven communities were present. A definite organization was formed called the Colorado River Aqueduct Association. A committee was named, broadly representative of all communities, for the purpose of drafting special legislation which will alone permit and make practical joint financing, and, following that, harmonious control of the operations of such great works. 8

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