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The Colorado River Boulder Canyon Project and the All-American Canal
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The carrying out of this improvement will be in line with the President's oft-expressed views regarding economy in public expenditures. The Federal Treasury will not be called upon for any appropriation, a full return for which is not provided for beforehand by definite contracts from responsible agencies. Moreover, the consummation of this improvement will create National wealth, and taxable property now valueless, running into the billions, and thus lighten the burden of carrying our war debts. The people of Southern California expect our National, State and local officials to be wholeheartedly behind this Bill. Moreover, we have a right to expect that every public servant, including our congressmen, will oppose any and all suggestions such as alternative sites, flood control dams, the elimination of the reclamation feature of the All-American Canal, or any other scheme which will have the effect if not the object of indefinitely delaying and thereby defeating consideration of this great piece of constructive legislation. Chairman of Commitee in House of Representatives Speaks Hon. Addison T. Smith, Congressman from Idaho and Chairman of the House Committee, to which the proposed legislation has been referred, recently stated publicly that: * * * "The flood menace which has imperiled the lives and property of 50,000 American citizens, should, and, I believe will, impel Congress to afford relief at the earliest date possible. This great problem has been before Congress for many years. Extensive hearings covering a period of four months have been held by the Committee on Irrigation and Reclamation, and eight volumes of testimony have been compiled. Several surveys have been made by boards composed of the best engineers in the country who report the project feasible, and the case of this gigantic project is in and complete. There is no need for further extended hearings. The time for action has arrived." * * * Lessons of the Last Few Years During the last three or four years, acutely attracting our attention because of the accumulative effect of a long period of deficient rainfall, the people of Southern California have learned many fundamentals. Among other lessons, we learn that the lower end of the Sierra Nevada Mountains are relatively unreliable, as regards both water and power, as compared with the mountain section upon which San Francisco and the Bay Region depends, or further north, Portland and Seattle. These conditions necessitate, among other things, a large reserve in water supply for hold-over storage and backing up of hydro-power with a burdensome investment in steam plant capacity as a standby, if reliability is to be assured. Contrary to prevailing thought a reliable hydro-electric power supply is now essential to the agricultural underground water supply. Land utilization being the foundation upon which all material 13

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