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COMMITTEE ON IRRIGATION AND RECLAMATION
J. W. ROBINSON, Utah DEWEY SHORT, Mo.
JOHN J. McINTYRE, Wyoming
CLINTON P. ANDERSON, New Mexico - -
SAM. M. RUSSELL, Texas
EUGENE WORLEY, Texas
Joseph H. Smart, Assistant Director of the Resettlement Division of
E. H. Wiecking, Associate Land Use Coordinator, Department of Agri-
5. Statement of James O'Sullivan, secretary, Quincy-Columbia Basin irri-
THE COLUMBIA BASIN PROJECT ACT
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4, 1942
House of REPRESENTATIVES, CoMMITTEE ON IRRIGATION AND RECLAMATION, Washington, D. C.
The committee this day met at 10:30 a. m., Hon. Compton I. White (chairman) presiding, for consideration of H. R. 6522, which reads as follows:
A BILL To amend an Act entitled “An Act to prevent speculation in lands in the Columbia Basin prospectively irrigable by reason of the construction of the Grand Coulee Dam project and to aid actual settlers in securing such lands at the fair appraised value thereof as arid land, and for other purposes,” Act of May 27, 1937 (50 Stat. 208), 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 Act entitled “An Act to prevent speculation in lands in the Columbia Basin prospectively irrigable by reason of the construction of the Grand Coulee Dam project and to aid actual settlers in securing such lands at the fair appraised value thereof as arid land, and for other purposes,” approved May 27, 1937 (50 Stat. 208), is hereby amended to read as follows: “SECTION 1. That, in addition to the purposes for which the Grand Coulee Dam project (hereinafter called the ‘Columbia Basin project’) was authorized under the provisions of the Act of August 30, 1935 (49 Stat. 1028), which are the primary purposes of such project, the said entire Columbia Basin project is hereby authorized and re-authorized as a project subject to the Reclamation Project Act of 1939; and the provisions of said Act of August 30, 1935, together with said Reclamation Project Act of 1939 and the specific provisions of this Act for said project shall govern the repayment of expenditures and the construction, operation, and maintenance of the works constructed as a part of said project. “SEC. 2. That no part of the funds heretofore or hereafter appropriated or allotted for the construction of the Columbia Basin project or for the reclamation of land in connection with said project, shall be expended in the construction of any irrigation features of said project, exclusive of Grand Coulee Dam and appurtenant works now under construction and of the pumping plant and equalizing reservoir and dams, until after the following provisions have been complied with : “(a) The lands proposed to be irrigated under said project (including county lands and such State lands as the State may desire and be able to subscribe for irrigation under said project and to subject to the terms of this Act) shall have been impartially appraised in a manner and to the extent prescribed by the Secretary of the Interior (hereinafter called the ‘Secretary') for the determination of their value at the date of appraisal without reference to the proposed construction of the said irrigation works and without increment on account of the prospect of the construction of the said project. In the administration of sections 2 (b) (iv) and 3 of this Act it may be necessary from time to time to reappraise lands covered by the recordable contracts therein provided for. In such reappraisals the Secretary shall take into account, in addition to the value found in the first appraisal, improvements made after said appraisal and such construction charges on the land as have been paid.