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SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE
H. R. 4485
AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE CONSTRUCTION OF
AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES
MAY 29, 31, JUNE 1,2,5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 1944
Printed for the use of the Committee on Commerce
WASHINGTON : 1944
JOSIAH W. BAILEY, North Carolina, Chairman HATTIE W. CARAWAY, Arkansas
HIRAM W. JOHNSON, California BENNETT CHAMP CLARK, Missouri ARTHUR H. VANDENBERG, Michigan JOHN H. OVERTON, Louisiana
OWEN BREWSTER, Maine THEODORE G. BILBO, Mississippi
HAROLD H. BURTON, Ohio FRANCIS MALONEY, Connecticut
ALEXANDER WILEY. Wisconsin GEORGE L. RADCLIFFE, Maryland
EDWARD V. ROBERTSON, Wyoming CLAUDE PEPPER. Florida
GUY CORDON, Oregon
A. HAND JAMES, Clerk
JOHN H. OVERTON, Louisiana, Chairman BENNETT CHAMP CLARK, Missouri ARTHUR H. VANDENBERG, Michigan CLAUDE PEPPER, Florida
OWEN BREWSTER, Maine JAMES M. MEAD, New York
HAROLD H. BURTON, Ohio PAT MCCARRAN, Nevada
GUY CORDON, Oregon
Plummer, Clifford E.
MONDAY, MAY 29, 1944
UNITED STATES SENATE,
Washington, D. C. The subcommittee met at 10:30 a. m., pursuant to call, in the Capitol, Senator John H. Overton presiding.
Present: Senators Overton (chairman of the subcommittee), Mead, Brewster, Burton, and Cordon.
Present also : Senator Caraway.
Senator OVERTON. (chairman of the subcommittee). The subcommittee will come to order. There has been submitted to this subcommittee for consideration and hearing H. R. 4485, authorizing the construction of certain public works on rivers and harbors for flood control, and for other purposes. The bill will be made a part of the record at this point. (The bill, H. R. 4485, is as follows:)
[H. R. 4485, 78th Cong., 2d sess.) AN ACT Authorizing the construction of certain public works on rivers and harbors for
flood control, 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 words "flood control" as used in section 1 of the Act of June 22, 1936, shall be construed to include channel and major drainage improvements, and that hereafter Federal investigations and improvements of rivers and other waterways for flood control and allied purposes shall be under the jurisdiction of and shall be prosecuted by the War Department under the direction of the Secretary of War and supervision of the Chief of Engineers, and Federal investigations of watersheds and measures for run-off and water-flow retardation and soil erosion prevention on watersheds shall be under the jurisdiction of and shall be prosecuted by the Department of Agriculutr under the direction of the Secretary of Agriculture, except as otherwise provided by Act of Congress.
SEC. 2. That section 3 of the Act approved June 22, 1936 (Public, Numbered 738, Seventy-fourth Congress), as amended by section 2 of the Act approved June 28, 1938 (Public, Numbered 761, Seventy-fifth Congress), shall apply to all works authorized in this Act, except that for any channel improvement or channel rectification project provisions (a), (b), and (c) of section 3 of said Act of June 22, 1936, shall apply thereto, and except as otherwise provided by law: Provided, That the authorization for any flood-control project herein adopted requiring local cooperation shall expire five years from the date on which local interests are notified in writing by the War Department of the requirements of local cooperation, unless said interests shall within said time furnish assurances satisfactory to the Secretary of War that the required cooperation will be furnished.
SEC. 3. The Chief of Engineers, under the supervision of the Secretary of War, is authorized to construct, maintain, and operate park and recreational facilities in reservoir areas under the control of the War Department, and to permit the construction, maintenance, and operation of such facilities. The Secretary