The Unfriendly Attitude of the United States Government Towards the Yuma Valley, Arizona (paperback)

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Excerpt from The Unfriendly Attitude of the United States Government Towards the Yuma Valley, Arizona: Containing Correspondence With Government and Reclamation Officials, Statements of Representative Settlers; Affidavits of Settlers and Business Men; Letter From President of Imperial Water Co; No; 1. Severe Criticisms of the Reclamation Officials B The treatment of the settlers of the Yuma Valley by the officials of the United States Reclamation Service in charge of the Laguna Dam Project, has been so unbusiness like and so unfair, and in such utter disregard of individual rights, that it has attracted the attention of the entire Pacific Coast. A presentation of the case to the public has become an absolute necessity, and an emphatic protest regarding such treatment to the authorities at Washington by the irrigation interests of the country at large seems to be the only way by which the evils complained of can be remedied. The Reclamation officials are appointed by those higher in authority and it is but natural that the heads of departments should place confidence in their subordinates and therefore it requires a very strong case, backed by undoubted proofs and endorsed by an array of influential public sentiment that is overwhelming before the official ear of those high in authority can be reached. A brief resume of the situation here given will show clearly just what has been done and this will be followed by statements, correspondence and affidavits which will be ample proof of the situation as herein outlined. The following summary of the case will give a clear statement of the facts: First: The Reclamation Service soon after its organization in 1902 began an investigation to ascertain what could be done to utilize the waters of the Colorado River for irrigation purposes. Second: They discovered that all the natural flow of the river had been appropriated by the California Development Company and the Irrigation Land and Improvement Company, and much of it had already been diverted and used for a beneficial purpose by the Imperial Canal system in California and the Ludy Canal System in Arizona. Third: That there was an abundance of flood water during the summer months that could be stored in reservoirs if suitable reservoir sites could be found and utilized; and thus all the flow of the Colorado River could be saved and devoted to a beneficial use. This is shown by the report of Arthur P. Davis, who made the investigation and reported to his superiors, which report was published. Fourth: Sites were selected for four large reservoirs, - the lower one of which would be formed by building a dam one hundred feet high on the site where the Laguna Dam is now being constructed. This reservoir would be from one to ten miles wide and would extend up the river about one hundred miles. Fifth: - It was found on further examination that there was no bed rock available at the sites of either one of the four proposed dams on which to make a foundation, and this plan had to be abandoned although it was one of great magnitude contemplating the expenditure in time of $22,000,000. Sixth: Up to this point the legality of the filing made by the California Development Company or the Irrigation Land and Improvement Company had not been called in question, for the Reclamation Service had filed on 4,000,000 inches of the flood waters of the River, making the filings under the same laws on which prior filings had been based. Seventh: It now became evident to Reclamation Service officials that one or both of the companies named must be deprived of its rights and be financially ruined or the Reclamation Service must retire from the Colorado River. Eighth: The easy, if unscrupulous, way to accomplish this re

Tytuł: The Unfriendly Attitude of the United States Government Towards the Yuma Valley, Arizona
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