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COMMITTEE ON IRRIGATION AND RECLAMATION
COMPTON I. WHITE, Idaho, Chairman

J. W. ROBINSON, Utah DEWEY SHORT, Mo.
JOHN R. MURDOCK, Arizona THOMAS D. WINTER, Kansas
JAMES F. O'CONNOR, Montana - HENRY C. DWORSHAK, Idaho
WILBURN CARTWRIGHT. Oklahoma OREN S. COPELAND, Nebraska
CHARLES KRAMER, California CHARLES R. ROBERTSON, North Dakota
THOMAS E. SCANLON, Pennsylvania WILLIAM S. HILL, Colorado
JAMES DOMENGEAUX, Louisiana ROBERT F. ROCKWELL, Colorado

JOHN J. McINTYRE, Wyoming

CLINTON P. ANDERSON, New Mexico - -
VANCE PLAUCHE, Louisiana

SAM. M. RUSSELL, Texas

EUGENE WORLEY, Texas

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Introductory statement of Chairman Compton I. White------------------ 8
Statement of
Hon. Knute Hill of Washington.----------------------------------- 11
John C. Page, Commissioner, Bureau of Reclamation---------------- 1S
Howart R. Stinson, Assistant Chief Counsel, Bureau of Reclamation__ 74
William E. Warne, Chief, Information Division and Codirector of
Joint Investigations, Bureau of Reclamation----------------- 74, 162, 183

James A. Ford, secretary-manager, Chamber of Commerce, Spokane,

Washington---------------------------------------------------- 97.

Joseph H. Smart, Assistant Director of the Resettlement Division of
the Farm Security Administration-----––––––––––––––––––––––––– 98, 131

Edward Davis, director of the Department of Conservation and De-

velopment of the State of Washington--------------------------- 105

E. H. Wiecking, Associate Land Use Coordinator, Department of Agri-
culture - ---------------------------------- 143

Kirby Billingsley, news editor, Wenatchee (Wash.) Daily World------ 167

Rufus Woods, publisher, Wenatchee Daily World------------------ 172

Harlan H. Barrows, Planning Consultant and Codirector of Joint In-

vestigations, Bureau of Reclamation----------------------------- 208

EXHIBITS

1. H. R. 6522, Seventy-seventh Congress, second session----------------- 1

2. Report of Interior Department on H. R. 6522------------------------ 9

3. Amendment proposed by Congressman Hill of Washington------------ 12

4. Report of the Bureau of Reclamation on land appraisal in the Columbia

Basin project--------------------------------------------------- 15

5. Statement of James O'Sullivan, secretary, Quincy-Columbia Basin irri-
gation district, November 8, 1941--------------------------------- 16
6. Resolution dated November 19, 1941, of Grand Coulee Chamber of Com- 7
merce__ --- ---------------------- 1

7. Section by section summary of the proposed Columbia Basin Project

Act (H. R. 6522) as introduced---- ---------------- 41

8. Description of lands involved and how the appraisals were made------- 46

9. Statement re provision in H. R. 6522 of authority for the Federal Gov-

ernment to purchase the lands on the Columbia Basin project------ 5.5

10. Chronological steps in connection with approval and development of

Grand Coulee Dam---------------------------------------------- 57

11. Summary of appropriations and emergency fund allocations, fiscal

years 1934–42 ----------------------------------------- 61

12. Public, No. 117, Seventy-fifth Congress, an act to prevent speculation

in lands in the Columbia Basin----------------------------------- 63

13. Public, No. 260, Seventy-fifth Congress, Reclamation Project Act of 1939– 65

14. Memorandum of amendments suggested for inclusion in H. R. 6522––––– 75

15. Amendment proposed by Congressman John R. Murdock-------------- 107

16. Joint investigations, Columbia Basin irrigation project--------------- 112

17. Telegram of March 4, 1942, from James O'Sullivan, secretary, Quincy-

Columbia Basin irrigation district-------------------------------- 12S

18. Editorial from Spokane Spokesman-Review of March 6, 1942---------- 18S

19. Letter of James O'Sullivan, secretary, Quincy-Columbia Basin irriga-

tion district, March 8, 1942--------------------------------------- 212

20. Report of the Secretary of Agriculture------------------------------ 215

21. Authority for redrafting the bill, H. R. 6522------------------------- 217 S-

22. Letter from the President------------------------------------------ 217

23. Memorandum of John C. Page, Commissioner, Bureau of Reclamation,

2 concerning redraft of the bill------------------------------------- 218

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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:

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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.

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