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COMMITTEE ON COMMERCE
JOSIAH W, BAILEY, North Carolina, Chairman
ARTHUR H. VANDENBERG, Michigan
OWEN BREWSTER, Maine
ALEXANDER WILEY, Wisconsin
EDWARD V. ROBERTSON, Wyoming
GUY CORDON, Oregon
C. WAYLAND BROOKS, Illinois
THOMAS C. HART, Connecticut
WILLIAM F. KNOWLAND, California
PIERCE O. BREWER, Clerk
ELOISE PORTER, Assistant Clerk
Downey, Senator Sheridan
Matthias, Roy, Red River Valley Improvement Association, Shreve-
Murray, J. C., Chamber of Commerce, Little Rock, Ark.
Nelken, Sylvan W., Natchitoches, La
Odom, Leo M., Department of Public Works, Louisiana..
Prince, Gregory S., Association of American Railroads..
Pyburn, De Witt, Department of Public Works, Louisiana.
Rankin, Hon. John E..
Roberts, Henry N., Association of American Railroads.-
Saunders, Stuart T., Norfolk & Western Railway Co., Roanoke, Va.. 197, 247
Stevenson, A. C., Carnegie Illinois Steel Corp., Chicago, Ill..
Stone, W. G., Chamber of Commerce, Sacramento, Calif.. 363, 368
Statement of Continued
Page Thatcher, H. K., Little Rock, Ark.--,
471 Thompson, O. W., Big Sandy Valley Association, Pikeville, Ky
187 Townsend, T. C., Charleston, W. Va.
220 Warne, William É., Assistant Commissioner, Bureau of Reclamation.. 481 Watson, Arthur, Natchitoches, La
107 Wheele Lt. Gen. R. A., Chief of Engineers, United States Army ---- 7,
164, 293, 508 Woodlief, Harold B., Chamber of Commerce, East Chicago, Ind.... 326
RIVERS AND HARBORS
MONDAY, JUNE 10, 1946
UNITED STATES SENATE,
Washington, D. C. The committee met at 10:30 a. m., in the committee room, Capitol, Senator John H. Overton presiding.
Present: Senators Overton (presiding), Bilbo, McClellan, Robertson, Cordon, Hart, and Brooks.
Senator OVERTON (presiding). The committee will come to order. We have under consideration H. R. 6407, an act authorizing the construction, repair, and preservation of certain public works on rivers and harbors, and for other purposes. The official reporter will reproduce the bill in the hearings at this point.
(H. R. 6407 is as follows:)
(H. R. 6407, 79th Cong., 2d sess.) AN ACT Authorizing the construction, repair, and preservation of certain public works on rivers and
harbors, and for other purposes Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the following works of improvement of rivers, harbors, and other waterways are hereby adopted and authorized to be prosecuted under the direction of the Secretary of War and supervision of the Chief of Engineers, in accordance with the plans and subject to the conditions recommended by the Chief of Engineers in the respective reports hereinafter designated: Provided, That penstocks or other similar facilities adapted to possible future use in the development of hydroelectric power shall be installed in any dam herein authorized when approved by the Secretary of War upon the recommendation of the Chief of Engineers and of the Federal Power Commission, and such recommendations shall be based upon consideration of the proper utilization and conservation in the public interest of the resources of the region: Provided, That the provisions of section 1 of the River and Harbor Act approved March 2, 1945 (Public, Numbered 14, Seventy-ninth Congress, first session), shall govern with respect to projects herein authorized; and the procedures therein set forth with respect to plans, proposals, or reports for works of improvement for navigation or flood control and for irrigation and purposes incidental thereto shall apply as if herein set forth in full:
Portland Harbor, Maine; House Document Numbered 510, Seventy-ninth Congress;
Fall River Harbor, Massachusetts; House Document Numbered 628, Seventyninth Congress;
Wickford Harbor, Rhode Island, Senate Document Numbered 141, Seventyninth Congress;
New Haven Harbor, Connecticut; House Document Numbered 517, Seventyninth Congress;
Bridgeport Harbor, Connecticut; in accordance with the report of the Chief of Engineers dated April 26, 1946;
Stamford Harbor, Connecticut; in accordance with the report of the Chief of Engineers dated May 3, 1946;
Barnegat Inlet, New Jersey; House Document Numbered 358, Seventy-ninth Congress;
Absecon Inlet, New Jersey; House Document Numbered 504, Seventy-ninth Congress;
Delaware River, vicinity of Biles Creek, Pennsylvania; in accordance with the report of the Chief of Engineers dated April 8, 1946;
Schuylkill River, Pennsylvania; House Document Numbered 529, Seventy, ninth Congress; and in accordance with the report of the Chief of Engineers dated May 7, 1946;
New Jersey Intracoastal Waterway; pending fulfillment of the cnoditions of local cooperation for this project as authorized by the River and Harbor Act of March 2, 1945, appropriations heretofore or hereafter made for maintenance and improvement of rivers and harbors may be used for a period of not to exceed five years for maintenance of the canal from Cape May Harbor to Delaware Bay constructed as an emergency wartime project with Navy Department funds, including the cost of maintaining the temporary railroad and seashore highway bridges over said canal;
Middle River and Dark Head Creek, Maryland; maintenance work in accordance with the report on file in the Office, Chief of Engineers;
Mattaponi River, Virginia; House Document Numbered 766, Seventy-eighth Congress;
Newport News Creek, Virginia; House Document Numbered 559, Seventy-ninth Congress;
Norfolk Harbor, Virginia; House Document Numbered 563, Seventy-ninth Congress;
Savannah Harbor, Georgia; in accordance with the report of the Chief of Engineers dated April 1, 1946;
Saint Johns River, Florida, Jacksonville to Lake Harney; in accordance with the report of the Chief of Engineers dated April 10, 1946;
Hollywood Harbor (Port Everglades), Florida; House Document Numbered 768, Seventy-eighth Congress;
Withlacoochee River, Florida; House Document Numbered 293, Seventy-ninth Congress;
Apalachicola, Chattahoochee and Flint Rivers, Georgia and Florida; in accordance with the report of the Board of Engineers for Rivers and Harbors dated April 29, 1946, on file in the Office, Chief of Engineers;
Tombigbee and Tennessee Rivers, Alabama and Mississippi; House Document Numbered 486, Seventy-ninth Congress;
Mississippi River, Baton Rouge to the Gulf of Mexico, barge channel through Devils Swamp, Louisiana; in accordance with the report of the Chief of Engineers dated May 7, 1946;
Plaquemine-Morgan City Route, Intracoastal Waterway, Louisiana; in accordance with the report of the Chief of Engineers dated April 25, 1946;
Franklin Canal, Louisiana; Senate Document Numbered 189, Seventy-ninth Congress;
Mermentau River and tributaries, and Gulf Intracoastal Waterway and connecting waters, Louisiana; in accordance with the report of the Chief of Engineers dated April 16, 1946;
Lake Charles Deep Water Channel and Calcasieu River and Pass, Louisiana; Senate Document Numbered 190, Seventy-ninth Congress;
Red River below Fulton, Arkansas; in accordance with the report of the Chief of Engineers dated April 19, 1946: Provided, That the improvement herein authorized between Shreveport and the mouth shall, when completed, be named the “Overton-Red River Waterway” in honor of Senator John H. Overton, of Louisana;
Arkansas River and tributaries, Arkansas and Oklahoma: The multiple-purpose plan recommended in the report of the Chief of Engineers dated September 20, 1945, and letter of the Chief of Engineers dated March 19, 1946, is approved, and for initiation and partial accomplishment of said plan there is hereby authorized to be appropriated the sum of $55,000,000;
Sabine River, Adams Bayou, Texas; House Document Numbered 626, Seventyninth Congress;
Sabine-Nechés Waterway, Texas; House Document Numbered 571, Seventyninth Congress;
Trinity River, Texas, below Liberty; House Document Numbered 634, Seventyninth Congress;