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HON. CARL ALBERT, A REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS FROM THE
STATE OF OKLAHOMA HON. PAGE BELCHER, A REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS FROM
THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA HON. ED EDMONDSON, A REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS FROM
THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA HON. DENVER D. HARGIS, A REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS FROM
THE STATE OF KANSAS CLARENCE F. BYRNS, FORT SMITH, ARK., CHAIRMAN OF THE TRI
STATE COMMITTEE FRANK W. LIEBERT, MEMBER OF TRISTATE COMMITTEE OF AR
KANSAS BASIN, COFFEYVILLE, KANS. HON. JOE WARREN, STATE SENATOR, MAPLE CITY, KANS. HON. JUSTUS H. FUGATE, MAYOR, WICHITA, KANS. GUY B. TREAT, CONSULTING ENGINEER, OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLA GLADE KIRKPATRICK, VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE TRI-STATE COM
MITTEE, MEMBER OF THE STATE WATER BOARD, TULSA, OKLA. COL. F. J. WILSON, U.S. ARMY, RETIRED, CONSULTING ENGINEER
AND EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT OF ARKANSAS BASIN DE
VELOPMENT ASSOCIATION, TULSA, OKLA. ARTHUR ORMOND, PRESIDENT, ARKANSAS BASIN ASSOCIATION,
MORRILTON, ARK. HON. R. D. HOWELL, COUNTY JUDGE, POPE COUNTY, ARK. HON. J. E. NEWTON, MAYOR, RUSSELLVILLE, ARK. DEAN I. DAULEY, CITY MANAGER, LITTLE ROCK, ARK. GARTH WHIPPLE, PUBLISHER, COURIER-DEMOCRAT, RUSSELL
VILLE, ARK. T. J. HOUSE, TREASURER, ARKANSAS BASIN ASSOCIATION, MUL
BERRY, ARK. JETA TAYLOR, EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE, ARKANSAS BASIN ASSO
CIATION, OZARK, ARK. J. W. HULL, EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE, ARKANSAS BASIN ASSOCIA
TION, RUSSELLVILLE, ARK. ROBERT CRISP, MANAGER, LITTLE ROCK AIRPORT COMMISSION BOYD RIDGWAY, EXECUTIVE VICE-PRESIDENT, ARKANSAS BASIN
ASSOCIATION, LITTLE ROCK, ARK. HARVEY W. McGEORGE, SAND AND GRAVEL CONSTRUCTION, CON
TRACTOR, LITTLE ROCK, ARK. W. H. KENNEDY, JR., NATIONAL BANK OF COMMERCE, PINE BLUFF,
ARK. EMMETT SANDERS, EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE, ARKANSAS BASIN
ASSOCIATION, PINE BLUFF, ARK. HON. J. T. HENSLEE, COUNTY JUDGE, JEFFERSON COUNTY, PINE
CIATION, LITTLE ROCK, ARK.
P. E. McCHESNEY, VICE PRESIDENT, ARKANSAS POWER & LIGHT
CO., LITTLE ROCK, ARK. HAROLD SNYDER, EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE, DARDANELLE, ARK. JAMES N. SMITH, ATTORNEY, McGEHEE, ARK. RAY MAXWELL, McGEHEE, ARK. E. E. HOPSON, JR., ATTORNEY, STATE REPRESENTATIVE, MCGEHEE,
ARK. 0. O. KEMP, ROHWER, ARK. FLOYD H. WARD, GREAT BEND, KANS. HERBERT H. CALLON, GREAT BEND, KANS. ROBERT MUNROE, CITY ATTORNEY, AUGUSTA, KANS. GEORGE FOX, CHETOPA, KANS. J. G. KELLEY, ARKANSAS CITY, OKLA. KENNETH F. WATTS, WINFIELD, KANS. GUY KEITH, OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLA. LOUIS GABERINO, McALESTER, OKLA. FRED TURNER, MCALESTER, OKLA. : H. W. GIBSON, JR., MUSKOGEE, OKLA. CHARLES E. INGERSOLL, PHILADELPHIA AND MUSKOGEE, OKLA. LAWRENCE S. CANNON, PONCA CITY, OKLA. FRED FELLOWS, PONCA CITY, OKLA, RAY HAMLIN, BLACKWELL, OKLA. DEAN HOYE, PONCA CITY, OKLA. J. S. BECKMAN, BUSINESSMAN, FORT SMITH, ARK. HUGH H. BREWER, CITY COMMISSIONER, FORT SMITH, ARK. CARL ATKINS, CITY CLERK, FORT SMITH, ARK. W. K. MACK, MANAGER, AIRPORT, FORT SMITH, ARK.
Mr. CANNOx. The gentleman from Arkansas, Mr. Norrell, one of the senior members of the committee. Mr. NORRELL. Mr. Chairman, first of all, may I say
that we are all interested in what you are doing this morning in holding hearings on the Arkansas River. All of us are here because of our tremendous interest in the Arkansas River matter. This is something we have dreamed about for 50 years.
I want to thank you and the other members of the committee for the help you have given us down through the years. I will recognize various Representatives for just a brief statement. They will desire to extend their remarks, Mr. Chairman, if you would permit. Mr. CANNON. Very well.
Mr. NORRELL. I would also ask that statements be filed in behalf of the Senators from Oklahoma. I know Senator Kerr is very interested, and I understand that Mr. McBride, who is his assistant secretary, is here. I think he might desire to make a short statement.
Mr. CANNON, Senator Kerr's statement will be inserted in the record. (The statement of Senator Kerr follows:)
APRIL 5, 1960. Hon. CLARENCE CANNON, Chairman, Appropriations Committee, House of Representatives, Washington, D.C.
DEAR MR. CHAIRMAN: I fully endorse the statement presented to the Public Works Subcommittee on Appropriations this morning by the Tri-State Committee of the Arkansas River Basin, in behalf of projects in this river basin.
The committee was chosen by the three Governors of Kansas, Oklaho Arkansas, and represents a coordinated effort on the part of the affecte to secure appropriations that will provide the most economic rate of ment of the river basin.
When I was governor of Oklahoma, I had the privilege of appoint Oklahoma members of the first Interstate Committee on the Arkansas proud of the fine manner in which this committee continues to operate, ai that their statement before your committee impressed you of the urg appropriating adequate funds to carry out the continued construction ar ning of projects on the Arkansas River. With kindest regards, I am, Sincerely yours,
ROBERT S.: OZARK DAM
STATEMENT OF REPRESENTATIVE JAMES W. TRIMBLE, ARKAN Mr. NORRELL. Next is Congressman Jim Trimble. Mr. Cannon. Congressman Trimble, will you come to the ta
Mr. TRIMBLE. I will not take the time of the committee, Mr. man. I am wholeheartedly in favor of this project. I con every request that will be made by the chief witnesses who w pear before you. I ask unanimous consent to revise and exte remarks.
Mr. CANNON. We are glad to have your statement and it included here in the record.
(Congressman Trimble's statement follows:) STATEMENT OF J. W. TRIMBLE, MEMBER OF CONGRESS, IN BEHALF OF ARI
RIVER PROJECTS Mr. Chairman and members of the committee, I concur in every reques by the spokesman for the Arkansas River program. The people along th are interested in all phases of this development, and it is our hope the e tee can recommend what we have requested.
Ozark Dam in western Arkansas is of special interest to me. We are the committee to recommend $200,000 so that planning may get underway project is an integral part of the development of the Arkansas, and must structed to make the development complete.
We would like for the project to be started as soon as possible, and ho can recommend planning money this year.
There is one other request I would like to make of the committee. It funds to continue an investigation pertaining to flood control, water cor tion, and allied water problems on Lee Creek in Crawford County, Ark Creek is a tributary of the Arkansas River, entering the river near Van:
The investigation was authorized some years ago. Some work has beer Of special interest to the people in Crawford County is the possibility construction of a dam at Pine Mountain. It is my hope the committee ca ommend funds to continue this investigation. Mr. NORRELL. Next is Congressman Dale Alford.
STATEMENT OF REPRESENTATIVE DALE ALFORD, ARKANSAS Mr. Alford. Mr. Chairman, I deeply appreciate your permittin to be here this morning. I wish to associate myself with the ren of the distinguished and outstanding businessman from my dis Mr. Ormond.
Mr. NORRELL. Next is Oklahoma. They are all interested in project. I would like to recognize Carl Albert. Mr. Cannon. Congressman Albert, the whip of the House.
STATEMENT OF REPRESENTATIVE CARL ALBERT, OKLAHOMA Mr. ALBERT. Mr. Chairman, thank you. I want to join other m bers of the delegations from these three States. The Governor Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Kansas, have appointed a committee wh
will make a statement in behalf of our united request. Everybody is in agreement.
We support the statement that will be made by the chairman of the Tri-State Committee all the way down the line, and we want to take this opportunity to thank the distinguished chairman, one of the great men of the House and one of the senior Members of the House, one of the great parliamentarians of all time, and his very able committee for the consideration you have given our request in years gone by. Mr. CANNON. Thank you, Mr. Albert.
Mr. ANDERSEN. Mr. Chairman, I want to add to the kind remarks that Mr. Albert made relative to our great chairman, Mr. Cannon.
Mr. Cannon is one of these rare individuals who goes along his way and has gone on for years, but at the same time, whatever he touches he tries to do something good for the American people. I thank Mr. Albert for his kind remarks concerning our chairman.
Mr. NORRELL. I want to concur in everything he has said about our chairman.
Mr. Pillion. May I add to the remarks by saying that the good chairman not only tries but he succeeds in his endeavors.
Mr. CANNON. Mr. Norrell. Mr. NORRELL. I think God could have made better men than you, Clarence, but I don't think he did. Mr. CANNON. The committee will be in order.
STATEMENT OF REPRESENTATIVE ED EDMONDSON, OKLAHOMA Mr. NORRELL. Mr. Chairman, the next man from Oklahoma is a very fine Congressman, as are the others, Mr. Ed Edmondson, of Oklahoma.
Mr. EDMONDSON. Mr. Chairman, I would like to support wholeheartedly the recommendation of the Tri-State Committee.
The representatives of the 3 Governors of the 3 States are here to support what began as a team effort of 3 States and is now a team effort of the 50 States.
We are very proud and humble in the knowledge of the support this committee is giving our project.
Mr. Chairman, I would like to file the remainder of my statement at this point.
(The statement follows:)
STATEMENT OF REPRESENTATIVE ED EDMONDSON Mr. Chairman, I deeply appreciate the opportunity to appear before you today as a part of the legislative team most vitally concerned with the development of the Arkansas River.
I am here to support in every particular the combined recommendations of the Arkansas Basin Tri-State Committee appointed by the Governors of the three States of Arkansas, Kansas, and Oklahoma. It is a source of pride to all of us that the congressional delegations of all of these three States are united in support of these recommendations, with provisions for flood control, navigation, water storage, and power development which will in the coming 12 years transform the great valley of the Arkansas.
But we are even prouder, Mr. Chairman, of the fact that Arkansas River development has now become a team project fully supported by this great committee and by the Congress of the United States-representing 50 States of the Union. We are thrilled and humbled by the knowledge that this great 50-State team, charged with responsibility for advancing the welfare of the entire Nation, now shares our view that the Arkansas River program is good for all Americathat development of this great river, and control of its floods, will benefit all the people in our land.
In that spirit, Mr. Chairman, I urge approval of the Tri-State Committee's recommendations, and particularly urge the allowance of the increase requested for bank stabilization funds. We believe increasing this item from $5 million to $9 million, and adoption of the “permanent stabilization" approach,
will ultimately save tens of millions of dollars in channel construction costs. We believe expert engineering views support this position.
Immediate planning funds for Short Mountain Dam, as previously scheduled, and for two navigation dams in Arkansas-one below Pine Bluff and one between Pine Bluff and Dardanelle Dam-are also urgently needed to maintain our construction schedule. Your favorable action will make possible barge traffic by 1972.
Mr. NORRELL. I understand Tom Steed has just come in. May I recognize him at this time, Mr. Chairman ?
Mr. CANNON. Congressman Steed.
STATEMENT OF REPRESENTATIVE TOM STEED, OKLAHOMA Mr. STEED. Mr. Chairman and members of the committee, I am happy to be here today again with this fine delegation representing the Arkansas Valley.
I trust that the committee will continue to give this very worthy project the same kind and sympathetic attention it always has.
I join with the presentations made here today and would like permission to file a more detailed statement with the committee for the record.
Mr. CANNON. The statement will be inserted in the record at this point.
(The statement follows:)
STATEMENT BY CONGRESSMAN TOM STEED
Mr. Chairman, I want to join the distinguished witnesses here today from the Arkansas Basin Development Association in urging approval of the full sums proposed in the budget to push forward these vital Arkansas Basin projects.
I believe that on the individual projects these amounts represent the figures at which the Army Engineers can most effectively advance the work during fiscal 1961.
However, I do want to emphasize the need for more funds for bank stabilization work, which for the best economy should be put on a permanent rather than an emergency basis. Such a course will be a sound investment since it will forestall the increased costs that will result if this phase of the activity is undertaken piecemeal.
Mr. NORRELL. I would like to present Mr. Denver D. Hargis, from Kansas.
STATEMENT OF REPRESENTATIVE DENVER D. HARGIS, KANSAS Mr. Hargis. I would like to thank this committee for allowing us to be here today and convey my endorsement, also, of the Tri-State group's work. I would like to say that Mr. Liebert will speak for my area and
would like to file a written statement regarding these matters.
I also would like to convey Congressman Breeding's and Congressman George's endorsement of these projects.
(The statement follows:)
STATEMENT BY CONGRESSMAN DENVER D. HARGIS, THIRD DISTRICT, KANSAS
On behalf of the people I represent in the southeast Kansas area, I want to join the State and city officials present here from Kansas today in urging this committee to include an appropriation of $1 million in the public works appro