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VOLUME XLV. NUMBER 41.
YUMA, ARIZONA, THURS DAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 1914.
IS G. 0.
(By Benjamin Franklin Fly)
"Chief Engineer Chas. G.
Frisbie, of the Imperial La
guna water company," was
in Yuma yesterday and paid
a call at the Yuma Daily Ex
aminer office to get an extra
copy of the "free write-up"
I gave his "company" the day
after three of the "boosters"
for his "high line canal"
scheme appeared before the
board of governors of the
Yuma county water users' as
sociation asking the latter to
indorse the so-called Kettner
bill in Congress.
The "chief engineer"
proved to be a very affable
young gentleman of about 25
or 28 years of age, and great
ly interested me in what he
says is an absolute fact, viz:
That there is even now
more than enough water
(3200 second-feet) flowing
down the Colorado river to
water every acre under that
company's system, enough to
water the entire Yuma pro
ject, and still have enough
left to furnish his company
with all the water it will need
for its 216,000 acres!
: That's going some, I bound
yo u !
fTRe statement was so
amazing that I pressed him
for further light, for it has
been stated to me time and
time again during the present
irrigating season that the Im
perial valley has had such a
limited supply of water that
every gallon of it was used, to
some good purpose.
Imagine my consternation,
if you can, when Mr. Chief
Engineer Frisbie asserted
with a positiveness born only
ofione who' absolutely knows,
that "the river has had more
INTO SALTQN SEA?
water all summer, and has
more water now than all of
us could or can use"!
"I am familiar with the eng
tire C. D. company system "
'declared the "hieh line chief
engineer," "and I know what
y 11. 1 xt . 1
i am taiKing aoout. inoi oniy
that, but officers of the vari
ous water companies of the
C. D. company have given me
data on the exact amount of
water thev actually use, as
well as the exact amount they
! actually require, and this
data shows that there is much
more water in the river than
all of us need."
"Then why did the C. D.
company dam. up the river at
the Algodones heading, in or
der to divert every drop of
water in the river into their dam naiuar ter the dam -vas
1 P" T r A ' ' U comPleted from bank ;o bank, that the
canal, i asKea, in astonisn-stench was something awfui in fact,
ment. the workmen had to cease work on
"In ofder, apparently, tharthe dam in order t0 bury the putrid
they may lay claim to that,18 f ?ad fish-
' - J . Tf nil tYxia TITO far. i,.n o nU-,,4- er
much water when they open
up an additional 400,000 acre
tract in Mexico that arid
nothing more," replied the
"If they are not using all of
the water they now divert
from the Colorado, what do
they do with the other part?"
I asked. ?
"Spill it into the Salton Sea
just as they have always been
doing," was the prompt reply.
"You don't mean to state that as a
fact, do you?" I asked, more amazed
"I certainly do, and I am here now
to go to their diversion dam and then
follow the water right on down to
Avhere most of it is emptied into the
Salton Sea," replied the chief - engi
neer of the "high line canal."
bo you think there is plenty of
water in the Colorado at the present j
time to water the Yuma-project, the j
C. D. company's system, and still have
enough for your company's 216,000
lcres?" I asked.
"I know there is, for I know how
much water is being wasted by the
CD. .company," he replied.
Then we branched off on his figures
as to the cost of his proposed "high
line canal," and I found him both in
teresting and good naturtd, telling me
to "fire away" wheneyer I couldn't
agree with him, which made me think
a whole lot more of him than if he
had "got hot under the collar" like
some of the thin-skin individuals here
in Yuma, who are badly mixed up in
"Ordinance No. 4."
But now let's go back to that diver
sion dam, and see what Mr. Chief En
gineer iFrisbie has brought to light
luvmmfi; " . B auy
knows what he is talking about.
If the C. D. company really, has
more water than it has use forj WHY
did it dam up the river so that not
even one drop of water passes below
By so doing, thousands upon thou
sands of pounds, aye, tons of salmon
and other valuable food fish have been
killed fish enough, as I said the
other day, to feed the European army
for .a. little .while, at least. The
banksv holes of stagnant water, the
very bed of the river itself, all the
way down from the dam to the uea
(so 1 am informed) is linod Avith dead
They were so thick just below the
.... unu naa oiiui ULLf just.
for the fun of running the Colorado
river direct into the Salton Sea, thru
the C. D. company's canal; if it was
shut off just for the purpose of seeing
thousands upon thousands of 10, 20,
30, and 40 pound salmon flounder
around in the mud and then die, ana
then fill the atmosphere for miles
with a smell likened unto "Ordinance
No. 4-"; then, and in-that event, some
body, somewhere, somehow, has com
mitted an offense that Uncle Sam
should not tolerate for a single
Each state in the Union, California
in particular, is spending thousands
of dollars annually to care for and
propagate fish for food purposes, and
yet here we have a California corpora
tion deliberately killing .them by the
millions, for each adult salmon will
spawn not less than 50,000 per annum.
The same can be said of all the other
species that heve been killed by this
simple process of damming up the
Colorado so no fresh water could get
to them more cruel -to the fish than
. ' Mr. ' Chief'Engineer Frisbie " has
started something that may not' end
in a day. It will be recalled that I
took a moving picture man with me.
and got a "shot" at the dam, the dead
and dying fish, the "intake," the hy
draulic dredger and the whole shootin'
match. But I know nothing of the
water" being wasted into the Salton
Sea. I hope it is not true; but, if it
is, that dam should be damned for
ever torn out by the roots and kept
It is the only time in the history of
'all these United States that a stream
recognized by Uncle Sam as "naviga
ble," has been allowed to be complete
ly damned! It is the only stream in
or touching California where the fish
law has been so flagrantly violated.
It is the only time it has ever been
done on the Colorado, and probably
the last time. .
Let us all hope so!
EXPERTS TO INSPECT
THE ROOSEVELT DAM
PHOENIX, Sept. 29. Time has,
come for the anual look-see of the
eminent reclamation engineers, into
the condition of the Roosevelt dam.
D. C. Henny, consulting expert of the
reclamation service, and E H. Bald-
jwin, assistant chief of construction,
arrived from Denver yesterday and
proceeded with Project Manager W.
S. Cone to the dam.
In addition to giving the structure
its scheduled inspection, Henny, the
Portland Oregon engineer will look
over the work on the sluicing tunnels
which have recently undergone ex:
tensive revision in order to eliminate
operating weaknesses. Henny is the
man the government employe to go
around and . see that all the masonry
and accessories of federal aid dams
are in good working order. He visits
Phoenix about once annually on this
Mr. Baldwin was formerly super
vising engineer of the Southern irri
gation district, until the abolition of
engineering divisions. t
GOV. HUNT WILL AID , 1
IN SETTLING. STRIKE.
CLIFTON, Sept. 29 Following con
ferences with mine managers and.
union men this afternoon, Governor '
Hunt stated that he would probably
remain here until a settlement of the
strike was effected, even if it should
take several weeks. Clifton is now
the temporary capital of the state..i
The governor, accompanied by Ef .
vate Secretary Ladd and Adjutant
General Harris, Arrived at Clifton yes,
terday morning at 10 o'clock, comihg
by auto from Lordsburg." . '
-Miss Marie Miller, assistant clerk of
the Board of Supervisors, is home
from the coast. &