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Kansas River and tributaries thereto be put into full force and effect by the construction of dams and other protection structures, including particularly those known as the Milford Dam, Perry Dam, and Tuttle Creek Dam, and all other dams which are included in said Pick-Sloan plan; be it further
Resolved, That a copy of this resolution be properly presented to Governor Carlson and the special advisory committee appointed by the Governor for their consideration.
Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the city of Kansas City, Kans., this 30th day of November 1948. (SEAL)
HOWARD PAYNE, City Clerk.
STATE OF KANSAS,
County of Wyndotte, 88.: I, the undersigned, Howard Payne, city clerk of the city of Kansas City, Kans., do hereby certify that the foregoing is a full, true, and complete copy of resolution No. 12958 of the city of Kansas City, Kans., adopted by the board of commissioners on November 30, 1948.
In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the seal of the city this 16th day of May 1940. [SEAL]
HOWARD PAYNE, City Clerk.
Reaffirming approval of the Pick-Sloan plan for flood control and development of water resources of the Missouri River Basin, and approving in particular the revised report of the Corps of Engineers recommending the construction of certain reservoirs on tributaries of the Kansas River.
Whereas for many years the flood hazard at the Kansas Citys has been recognized as the most serious of that existing at any of the larger metropolitan areas in the Missouri Basin, if not in the entire country; and
Whereas the Corps of Engineers has estimated that a flood total of the same volume as that of 1903 would cause a property loss of $80,000,000 in the highlydeveloped industrial district of the Kansas Citys, not including the cost of interruption of business and of transportation on the 12 main trunk line railroads centering here; and they have estimated the ratio of benefits to cost at nearly 4 to 1; and
Whereas local interests have provided the necessary rights-of-way and progress on local flood-protection works now has reached nearly 50 percent of completion, which work will continue as rapidly as appropriation of Federal funds permits; and
Whereas the levees, flood walls, and other local works are planned to afford full protection against the "design” flood (approximately that of 1844) only when coupled with protection to be afforded by retention reservoirs upstream, the local levees alone being from 6 to 8 feet short of providing full protection against the design flood; and
Whereas the Corps of Engineers has been carrying on continuous studies of the flood problem on the Kansas River for more than 9 years, and during the last five of these years these studies have been made at the request of those objecting to the location of certain of the proposed dams, which review, indicating the basic soundness and economy of the revised report, has been approved by the Department of the Army and recently has been submitted to the Congress for approval; and
Whereas all reasonable consideration has been given to the various interests concerned in the proposed improvements: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Council of Kansas City, That the council hereby reaffirms its approval of the Pick-Sloan plan for flood control in the Missouri Basin, particularly as it relates to retention reservoirs on tributaries of the Kansas River. This plan includes the Tuttle Creek Reservoir on the Blue River, which has been authorized by Congress. The council respectively recommends that authorization be given to the construction of the Milford Reservoir on the Republican River and the Perry Reservoir on the Dewalare River, which projects are recommended in the report of the Corps of Engineers on Review of Report on the Kansas River, that providing for these essential features of the plan which are necessary for the full protection of the rich farm lands above and below the Kansas Citys and the improvement of important industrial districts at the Kansas Citys; and be it further
Resolved, That copies of this resolution be presented to the proper committees of the Congress as evidence in their consideration of the report of the Corps of Engineers on Review of Report on the Kansas River.
This resolution adopted by the Board of County Commissioners this 16th day of May 1949. (SEAL)
JOSEPH F. REARDON,
Chairman. FRED WHITE,
Commissioner, L. G. Maddox,
R. W. JENSEN, Wyandotte County Clerk, Wyandotte County, Kans.
LIST OF RESOLUTIONS AND PETITIONS ENDORSING ENTIRE PICK-SLOAN PLAN ON
FILE WITH STATE WATER COMMISSIONER, TOPEKA, Kans. Statement identifying Kaw Valley Flood Control Association. Resolution, Kaw River Flood Control Association. List of groups endorsing resolution of Kaw River Flood Control Association. Resolution, Chamber of Commerce of Kansas City, Kans. Resolution, board of directors of the Kaw Valley Drainage Board. Resolution, Board of Education of the City of Kansas City, Kans. Resolution No. 12958 of the Board of Commissioners of the City of Kansas City,
Resolution, Kaw Valley Farmers, Eudora, Kans.
Mr. ABELS. We are following the entire problem closely. We are in constant touch with the boys up and down the Kansas River Valley, and we are sure that all of the data and the information that this committee could possibly use is in this engineer's report, in which we have the utmost confidence, and I thank you very kindly, Mr. Chairman, for your attention.
The CHAIRMAN. And we thank you for the very capable manner in which you handled it for those who advocated with you.
ELKHORN RIVER, NEBR.
(H. Dọc. 215, 81st Cong.) The CHAIRMAX. Now, Colonel Gee, we have the Elkhorn River project, do we not?
Colonel GEE. Mr. Chairman, the report on the Elkhorn River was authorized by a Flood Control Committee resolution June 21, 1944, also authorized in the Flood Control Act of 1944. The map now being placed before you shows the entire watershed.
The CHAIRMAN. Is there a report on the project?
Colonel GEE. There is a report on this project now on its way to Congress, having been transmitted to the Bureau of the Budget by the Secretary of the Army.
The CHAIRMAN. You may proceed.
Colonel GEE. The drainage area of the Elkhorn River Basin involves 6,800 square miles and includes a population of 146,000 people. The principal industry of this basin is agriculture; the crop productions are livestock grazing and the raising of wheat and other small grains by means of dry farming. The most valuable grain crop is corn, the others are wheat, oats, hay, and forage, in that order.
The average rainfall over this basin is 25 inches annually. Important floods which have occurred on the Elkhorn River occurred in May 1944, and in June 1944.
The CHAIRMAN. What is the estimated ratio of benefits to cost here? What is the type of project?
Colonel GEE. The type of project recommended in this report is local improvement projects, six in number, and estimated to cost a total of $2,988,000, of which $560,000 is local expenditures for necessary rights-of-way.
The CHAIRMAN. And the type of those local improvements is what?
Colonel GEE. The type is levee construction to protect communities located along the Elkhorn River and its tributaries. There is one minor channel change.
The CHAIRMAN. And they furnish the rights-of-way for that?
YELLOWSTONE RIVER AND TRIBUTARIES
(H. Dọc. 216, 81st Cong.) The CHAIRMAN. The next project that we nave under consideration is the Yellowstone River and tributaries, and where is that report!
Colonel GEE. The report on the Yellowstone River is now with the Bureau of the Budget.
This report was authorized by a Flood Control Committee resolution of August 18, 1937, as well as in the Flood Control Acts of 1936, 1937, and 1941.
The drainage area of the Yellowstone River includes 70,000 square miles, of which 34,000 are in Wyoming and 36,000 are in Montana. The population of the basin in 1940 was 212,000. Its principal resources are oil, gas, coal, and other metallic and nonmetallic minerals, and the principal agricultural activities are grazing and dry-land farming
The CHAIRMAN. That river takes its source in the Yellowstone National Park, doesn't it?
Colonel GEE. Its source is in Lake Yellowstone, Yellowstone National Park, and it flows generally northeastward from that point to join the Missouri.
The CHAIRMAN. And the type of project is what?
Colonel GEE. The type of project again is local protection projects. There are a total of eight recommended in this report, of which seven afford protection to communities, and the eighth affords protection to an important highway crossing of the Yellowstone River.
The CHAIRMAN. And the local interests are required to provide the rights-of-way? Colonel GEE. Yes, sir. The CHAIRMAN. And the estimated ratio benefit is what? Colonel GEE. The ratio benefit is 1,48 to 1.
The total estimated cost of the eight improvements is $6,974,000, of which local interests pay $450,000 for necessary rights-of-way.
SPECIAL BILLS AND SURVEY AUTHORIZATIONS The CHAIRMAN. Now, Colonel, I want to ask you with respect to some matters here.
There is a bill, H. R. 1841, to limit the elevation of Garrison Reservoir Basin. Do you favor or oppose that bill?
Colonel GEE. We oppose the enactment of that bill, sir.
The CHAIRMAN. That reservoir is to cost about how much-$125,000,000?
Colonel GEE. More than that, sir.
The CHAIRMAN. In other words, if the Government is to spend $188,000,000, we ought to have it to the height you say.
You say it would provide benefits that would accrue after it is constructed ?
Colonel GEE. It will provide maximum development of that site:
The CHAIRMAN. Now, then, there is a bill here, H.R. 2288, authorizing construction of certain public works and that is covered by the report under consideration,
Colonel GEE. Yes, sir. The CHAIRMAN. And the same thing applies to 2289? Colonel GEE. Yes, sir. The CHAIRMAN. We have pending a bill here for the establishment of a Select House Committee (H. Res. 86), and I believe that there is no occasion for us to discuss that.
You have no recommendation to make in favor of that, have you! Colonel GEE. No, sir.
The CHAIRMAN. And we also have a bill here, H. R. 2519, relating to the use and occupation of certain land, and you see no occasion for passing that because you believe existing law is satisfactory?
Colonel GEE. That is right, sir.
The CHAIRMAN. We have a bill here, 2787, to provide for preliminary examination at an estimated cost of $85,000 covering the rivers named, including the Snake. Colonel GEE. $8,500, sir.
The CHAIRMAN. I mean $8,500. Do you recommend that? Colonel GEE. We do; yes, sir.
The CHAIRMAN. Is it the understanding that the survey will not be made unless it is justified ?
Colonel GEE. Yes, sir.
The CHAIRMAN. Then we have an authorization for the completion of certain works in the Red River of the North, and that is covered by your presentation already. Colonel GEE. That is correct, sir. The CHAIRMAN. That is 2726.
Then we have H. R. 3522, to establish the Missouri Valley Authority to provide for modified and—that isn't a new project at all. Generally, the Corps of Engineers sees no justification for that authorization.
Colonel GEE. We believe the present arrangemnets are entirely satisfactory, sir.
The CHAIRMAN. And then we have a bill authorizing the Corps of Engineers to negotiate separate contracts, H. R. 3582. My understanding of existing law is to treat everybody alike in the negotiation of contracts for requiring rights-of-way.
Colonel GEE. That is correct, sir.
The CHAIRMAN. Finally, we have House Joint Resolution 201, which is to provide for the designation of Heart Butte Dam, and that is under the Bureau of Reclamation. You have no statement to make about that, have you?
Colonel GEE. No comment, sir.
The CHAIRMAN. Then H. R. 3707. That is the same as 1841. That has to do with limiting the Pool Reservoir, which you think is not in order.
Colonel GEE. Yes, sir.
The CHAIRMAN. Then we have H. R. 4010, authorizing preliminary examination and survey of the Iowa River, Nebr., line, and you favor that. What is the estimated cost?
Colonel GEE. : 6,500.
The CHAIRMAN. And the third authorization for preliminary survey is H. R. 4085, along the Mud River and other streams, and you favor that. What is the estimated cost?