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- 5 of way, and incidental works, which portions of said annual or other payments are hereby declared to be capital investment. Sec. 13. The Colorado River compact signed by the commissioners of the States of Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming, and by Herbert Hoover, as the representative of the United States of America, at Santa Fe, New Mexico, November 24, 1922, pursuant to act ¦of Congress approved August 19, 1921, entitled "An act to permit a compact or agreement between the States of Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming, respecting the disposition and apportionment of the waters of the Colorado River, and for other purposes" is hereby approved by the Congress of the United States, and the provisions of the first paragraph of article 11 of the said Colorado River compact, making said compact binding and obligatory when it shall have been approved by the legislature of each of the signatory States, are hereby waived, and this approval shall become effective when by act or resolution of their respective legislatures at least six of the signatory States shall have approved or may hereafter approve said compact, and shall consent to such waiver. Sec. 14. This act shall be deemed a supplement to the reclamation law, which said reclamation law shall govern the construction, financing, and management of the works herein authorized, except as otherwise herein provided. The Chairman. This bill was referred to the Secretary of the Interior for a report on the 14th of January, and on the 18th the Secretary responded in a letter giving his opinion in a general way and in some detail on the especial features of the legislation. This bill was read at a previous meeting, and the letter, and without objection, it will be inserted in the record this morning without reading. (The letter of the Secretary of the Interior is printed here as follows:) DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, Washington, January 15, 1926. Hon. Addison T. Smith, Chairman Committee on Irrigation and Reclamation, House of Representatives. My Dear Mr. Smith : I have received your letter of January 14 transmitting, with request for report, a copy of H. R. 6251, entitled "A bill to provide for the protection and development of the lower Colorado River Basin." This bill is identical with S. 1868, upon which report was made under date of January 12 to Hon. Chas. L. McNary, chairman of the Senate Committee on Irrigation and Reclamation. A copy of this report is herewith transmitted. Very truly yours, Hubert Work. Department of the Interior, Washington, January 12, 1926. Hon. Chas. L. McNary, Chairman Committee on Irrigation and Reclamation, United States Senate. My Dear Senator McNary: I have received your letter of December 23 transmitting, with request for report, a copy of S. 1868, entitled "A bill to provide for the protection and development of the lower Colorado River Basin." Instead of discussing the provisions of this bill section by section, I desire to submit some suggestions regarding the policy and procedure to be followed in this development and the legislation required to secure the desired results. It is assumed that the dam and reservoir to be created are essentially those described in a report of the Bureau of Reclamation dated February 28, 1924, which proposes a dam 550 feet high and a reservoir to impound 26,000,000 acre-feet of water, and that the all-American canal for connecting the Colorado River with the Imperial and Coachella Valleys is substantially the one
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