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U.S congress Hosse COMMITTEE ON
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
H.: R. 11449
By Mr. SWING
OF THE LOWER COLORADO RIVER BASIN
COMMITTEE ON IRRIGATION OF ARID LANDS.
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.
BIXTY-SEVENTH CONGRESS, SECOND SESSION.
MOSES P. KINKAID, Nebraska, Chairman. NICHOLAS J. SINNOTT, Oregon.
CARL HAYDEN, Arizona. EDWARD C, LITTLE, Kansas.
C. B. HUDSPETH, Texas. ADDISON T. SMITH, Idaho.
JOHN E. RAKER, California. JOHN W. SUMMERS, Washington.
HOMER L. LYON, North Carolina. HENRY E. BARBOUR, California.
WILLIAM B. BANKHEAD, Alabama. E. O. LEATHERWOOD, Utah. WILLIAM WILLIAMSON, South Dakota, SAMUEL S. ARENTZ, Nevada. MANUEL HERRICK, Oklahoma.
A. R. HUMPHREY, Clerk.
PROTECTION AND DEVELOPMENT OF LOWER COLORADO RIVER
COMMITTEE ON IRRIGATION OF ARID LANDS,
HOUBE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
Thursday, June 15, 1922. The committee met at 10.30 o'clock a. m., Hon. Moses P. Kinkaid (chairman) presiding.
The CHAIRMAN. The committee will be in order. This hearing has been called for the purpose of hearing those who are interested in the problems of the Imperial Valley and vicinity with respect to irrigation from the Colorado River. Mr. Swing, we will say that we have a report on the Swing bill, just received a few minutes ago from Hon. Albert B. Fall, Secretary of the Interior. I am going to leave it to you to outline the program this morning. Do you wish to read that report?
Mr. HAYDEN. My suggestion would be that the bill be printed at the beginning of the hearing, followed by the printing of the report, so that members of the coinmittee and the Congress may have it for convenient reference.
(The bill referred to, H. R. 11449, and the report of Secretary Fall thereon are here printed in full, as follows:)
(H. R. 11449, Sixty-seventh Congress, second session.) A BILL To provide for the protection and development of the lower Colorado River Basin. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of Americu in Congress assembled, That for the purpose of providing for the regulation. control and development of the Colorado River, an international, interstate, and navigable stream, in accordance with a comprehensive and unified plan, conserving national resources, and aiding flood control, water supply, and power development, the Initord States hereby reserves to itself the exclusive right to construct, provde, and mintunl dams, reservoirs, or diversion works upon the main trunk of said river below thro mouth of the Green River.
SEC. 2. That, for the purpose of regulating the lower Colorado River and controlling the floods therein, providing storage of water for irrigation, securing the development of electrical power, and providing homes for honorably discharged men and women of the United States Army, Navy, and Marine Corps who served therein during the war with Germany, the War with Spain, or in the suppression of the insurrection in the Philippines, the Secretary of the Interior is hereby authorized and empowered to construct a dam and incidental works for the purpose of providing a reservoir at or near Boulder Canyon on said river, adequate for the purposes aforesaid, and to acquire by proceedings in eminent domain or otherwise all lands and rights of way necessary for the said reservoir and incidental works; also to construct a main canal and appurtenant structures located entirely within the United States, connecting the Laguna Dam on said river with the Imperial and Coachella Valleys, in California, together with such other canals and structures as may be required for the distribution and delivery of water from said reservoir and said river to lands in the United States which said Secretary may find practicable of irrigation and reclamation therefrom, and to acquire by proceedings in eminent domain or otherwise all rights of way necessary for such canals and structures. No expenditures for the construction of canale or appurtenant structures authorized hereunder shall be made until the lands to be irrigated thereby shall have first been legally obligated to repay their proper portiono, as may be determined by the Secretary of the Interior, of the total costs thereof to the United States in accordance with the terms of repayment prescribed in the act of Congress approved June 17, 1902, entitled “An act appropriating the receipts from the sale and disposal of public lands in certain States and Territories to the construction of irrigation works for the reclamation of arid lands," and acts amendatory thereof or supplementary thereto, hereinafter referred to as the reclamation law.