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THE WILLIAMS NEWS
NATIONAL AID
FOR IRRIGATION
A Scheme to Raise a Fund
for Irrigating the Arid
Lands in the
WESTERN STATES AND TERRITORIES
BUI Framed by fir. Fred Bond. State
Engineer of Wyoming. Comment
on Its Application to
Arizona.
In the Engineering News of Aug
ust 8th appears two very interest
ing articles on the problem of
National Aid for the Irrigation of
Arid Lands in the Western States
and Territories. The first by Mr.
Fred Bond, state engineer of Wyom
ing, who has framed a bill which
will probably be presented sometime
during the next session of congress.
In brief, the bill is about as fol
lows:
section l. I hat all moneys re
ceived from the sale of public lands
in Arizona, California, Colorado,
Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska,
Nevada, New Mexico, North Da
kota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah,
Washington and Wyoming, except
ing money for educational purposes
and excepting the salaries and
commissions of the registers and
receivers of the land offices, shall
be set aside for the benefit of such
state securing the land to be held in
a special fund known as the "Arid
Land Reclamation Fund," and
shall be under the direction of the
, secretary of the interior.
Sex:. 2. Provides for the creation
of a state engineer's office, with
authority to make examinations
and surveys, plans and estimates
for reservoirs and other irrigation
works, and also final establishment
of rights to the waters within its
borders.
Sec. 3. Provides for the manner
in which a state may obtain per
mission from the secretary of the
interior to go ahead and construct
such works, and for the settlement
of same.
Sec 4. Provides for t -;ung
aside of the funds by thjf fry
of the interior.
Sec 5. That from anvftV'the
date of filing of said plljW.lor 'the
construction of reservoitSA' J(her
irrigation works, the lTvnds
designated upon which the wafer is
to be used, or upon whicL.lbv.pro-
posed works are to be situUSjjWiay
be segregated and witAJi Vfom
public entry.
Sec 6. Provides
for tpifuna-
fe&if?
tion proceedings to acquire right-of-way.
Sec. 7. The secretary of the in
terior is hereby authorized and di
rected to provide rules and regula
tions as may be necessary to carry
into effect' the provisions of this
act.
Quoting from Mr. Bond's com
ment on the bill:
The central idea of the bill is
that the money shall come from the
states to be benefited by it, and
from them alone. There is to be no
tax, either direct or indirect, upon
the humid states for irrigation.
The bill was severely attacked
by Mr. Maxwell, executive chair
man of the national irrigation asso
ciation, an organization whose
principle object is to agitate for the
construction of irrigation works by
the national government, so says
the News: "He is diametrically
opposed to placing the arid lands
and the works for their reclamation
under state control. He thinks
that the national government should
do the whole thing. He says the
scheme is brought forward by state
engineers to increase their import
ance and responsibility. The most
ruinous charge which he makes is,
that back of the movement to
place these lands under state con
trol are the wealthy stockmen and
ranchmen of the west, who desire
to control irrigation development
for the purpose of excluding actual
settlers."
The most faulty measure we can
find in the bill is under section 1,
which provides for the proceeds of
the sale of public lands to be used
in establishing reservoirs and irri
gation works.
Of the 72,332,800 acres in Ari
zona, perhaps 10 per cent could be
put under irrigation canals. This
would mean about 7,233,280 acres.
The present value of that land,
with the exception of a few hun
dred thousand acres in the Gila and
Salt river valleys, is nil. The gov
ernment today could not sell it for
anything, neither could they be
settled until irrigation works were
established. So, as far as Arizona
is concerned, some other method
shall have to be adopted to launch
this project.
In a recent conversation with the
eminent hydraulic and irrigation
engineer, Mr. Chaffy, who is at
present engaged in installing the
immense irrigating canals below
Yuma, he said that his company
were putting in this system, paying
no attention whatever to ownership
of hind and expecting to derive a
revenue only from a sale of water,
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