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The Colorado River Boulder Canyon Project and the All-American Canal
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other state or district in the Southwest. As Mayor Cryer of Los Angeles has publicly stated: "The Colorado River belongs to all of us. Because California is rich and powerful does not mean it should1 secure an undue proportion of the benefits of the river. Arizona and Nevada are entitled to their full proportion of the benefits —perhaps, because of their proximity to the river, more than their full share Existing and potential agricultural areas lying close to the river are entitled to first consideration. In the allotment and distribution of the extremely desirable power rights of the Colorado, both public and private agencies are entitled to fair treatment. Although the attitude of private agencies has been marked by selfishness and greed, and although the methods they have adopted in opposing and delaying the project have been reprehensible, it is not our desire to exclude them from an equitable participation in the power privileges of the project, manifestly a duty they owe to the communities they serve." President Coolidge Favors the Project The Southwest expects the President of the United States to favor the enactment of this legislation. In a telegram from the White House, addressed to Mr. C. C. Teague, dated October 8, 1924, the President stated: THE WHITE HOUSE, WASHINGTON, D. C, October 8, 1924. C. C. Teague, Los Angeles, California. "I have received your inquiry as to my views upon the development of the Colorado River. You will recollect that I had the pleasure to state a year ago that the time had come for the Federal Government to undertake the construction of the great works upon the Colorado River and I recommended the matter to Congress in my message. The Administration has through the Secretary of Commerce been unceasing in its endeavor to settle the legal conflicts which have hitherto barred its consummation by opposition in Congress. "The major purposes of the works to be constructed there involve two fundamental questions which must always remain in public control—that is, flood control and the provisions of immense storage necessary to hold the seasonal and annual flow so as to provide for the large reclamation possibilities in both California and Arizona. "These considerations seem to me to dominate all others and to point logically to the Federal Government as the agency to undertake the construction of a great Dam at Boulder Canyon or some suitable locality obviously to be determined by the best Engineering talent that can be secured in the Nation. "I should indeed look with great pride on the consummation of this, one of our greatest national improvements, within my administration." (Signed) CALVIN COOLIDGE. If that telegram does not tie to a HIGH dam, if it does not conclusively dispel any idea of a LOW dam, then the words "immense storage," "seasonal" and "annual" flow of the river mean nothing— and if that telegram does not conclusively determine that the Federal Government is the one proper agency to undertake the work, then language is not yet interpreted and defined. The Southwest stands on the evident intent and language of President Coolidge's telegram above referred to; it expresses our ideas as to height, location, immensity and agency of construction. And we believe in the sincerity of President Coolidge. 12

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