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The Colorado River Boulder Canyon Project and the All-American Canal
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growth is builded, power now assumes a paramount position among those factors necessary for continued prosperity in Southern California. Even Los Angeles, perhaps more fortunately situated than most or some communities, realizes that all of the water resources of Owens Valley and Mono County, combined with local sources, if fully developed and fully conserved, are but sufficient to take care of the population expected to be served within the next eight or ten years, or a city of two million people. On the other hand the need for a power supply, adequate, reliable and economical to the user is an immediate need of Los Angeles. Present Power Supply Unreliable The result of the climatic and other conditions has so influenced both water supply and power supply, particularly as regards reliability, that confidence is now unsettled in Southern California investments, in land, agriculture, commerce or industry. The only opportunity open to Los Angeles, togetner with other communities of the Southwest, to augment the present water and power resources, is from the Colorado River. Boulder Canyon Power Low Cost and Reliable The Colorado River will furnish an opportunity to Southern California for low cost hydro-power, which will furnish reliability to the present supply from the Sierra Nevadas and thus permit, logically and soundly, the further development of these sources and eliminate the necessity of expensive steam plant standby. These potential resources, if realized, will, therefore, secure the future of Southern California and permit an indefinite expansion of population and wealth. Attacks on the Project There is nothing of greater moment than that the people of Southern California, think clearly and soundly if they would plan for the continuance of our present economic standing with opportunity for future growth and prosperity. Bitter and persistent as opposition will be, it will not take the form, of seriously condemning the Swing-Johnson Bill as a whole, nor of the provision for a high dam and complete storage. During the last three years, in an effort to defeat consideration of the project by Congress, the opposition first sought to discourage the recommendations of the engineers of the Reclamation Service by suggesting that the Boulder Canyon Dam site was not feasible; that there were other sites, possibly more economical or better situated for the purpose; and that legislation should be delayed until more 14

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