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Arizona sentinel Yuma southwest. [volume] (Yuma, Ariz.) 1915-1916, June 17, 1915, Image 1

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VOL. XLV. No. 26.
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Secretary of the Interior
Franklin K. Lane has issued
the following instructions to
Director and Chief Engineer
of the Reclamation Service
A. P. Davis, all of which is
pertinent to Yuma land hold
ers at this time.
The Instructions
It is my desire that a re-valuation
shall be made of the
project works of all projects
or units of projects as to
which the construction
charges have been heretofore
announced by public notice.
As previously announced to
the water users' associations,
it has been my intention to
revise the estimated cost of
each of these projects or the
units of projects upon which
construction charges hereto
fore announced were based.
It is my ciesire that a board
of revision for each of the
projects shall be appointed,
to be composed of three mem
bers, one to be selected by the
water users of the project,
one (an engineer or project
manager) to be appointed by
the Reclamation Service, and
the third member to be select
ed by those two in the follow
ing manner: In each of the
main divisions of the Recla
mation Service presided over
by a supervising engineer, all
of the persons selected on
each of the projects to repre
sent the water users and the
Reclamation Service shall
unite in nominating three
persons from among whom I
shall select a third member
to serve on each of these
boards, the same person serv
ing on each board.
The person so selected
shall not be a water user on
any project, shall not be eith
er directly or indirectly inter
ested in a project, and shall
not be a person who is now
or has been at any time been
in the employ of the Recla
mation Service.
To illustrate the process of
selection: In the Southern
Division there are the Salt
River, Yuma, Rio Grande,
Carlsbad, Honde and Straw
berry Valley projects. For
each of these projects, wheth
er construction charges have
heretofore been announced
or not, there shall be appoint
ed by the water users and by
the Reclamation representa
tives as above described.
These 12 persons shall now
gather at some central point
and nominate three persons.
The persons so selected shall
be reported to us as nominat
ed for that purpose and one
.will be appointed to serve on
all of the boards.
There shall be paid to the
representative of the water
users' association and to the
third member of such board,
a salary of $10 per day each
when actually employed.
The payment thus made
shall be charged to the opera
tion and maintenance costs
of each project in proportion
to the time devoted by the
board to the affairs of such
Appropriate rules and-regulations
shall be prescribed
for the government of these
They shall have the power
to call upon any employe-of
the Reclamation Service for
information and assistance.
They shall keep a record of
their proceedings and shall
prepare a revised estimate of
the cost of each of the pro-
) jects as to which construction
(charges have previously been
announced. Ihey shall pre
pare an estimate of the cost
and s suggestion as to the
proper construction charges
jto be assessed on projects
! where construction charges
I have not heretofore been an
nounced, if and when such
! projects have reached a stage
'of completion to make such
! estimated cost possible and
! desirable.
j Their report shall be ad
! dressed to the Secretary of
the Interior and shall be re
jferred to a central board of
review composed of Elwood
j Meade, Gen. W. L. Marshall
land I. D. 'O'Donnell.
j Mr. Meade at present is
i chairman of the State Rivers
jand Water Supply Commis
jsion of the state of Victoria,
Australia, but is to return to
the United States in June of
j this year to resume his posi
tion as a member of the fac
ulty of the University of Cal
ifornia. Brig. Gen. William L.
Marshall, of the U. S. Army,
retired, is the consulting eng
gineer to the Secretary of the
Interior; his intimate knowl
edge and long study of the
rivers and water supply of the
United States especially will
qualify him for service on
such board.
I. D. O'Donnell is the su
pervisor of irrigation of the
Reclamation Service; he is a
pioneer' irrigator of the State
of Montana and perhaps the
most successful irrigator in
the West.
The central board of re
view will prescribe the rules
and regulations under which
subsidiary boards will act and
shall have final jurisdiction
in the review of the reports
and recommendations of such !
subsfdiary boards. t
It is my desire that youj
shall immediately appoint the
representative of the Recla
mation Service on each ol
these boards; that you shall
communicate with the water
users on each or the projects
where representatives have
hot already been selected,
urge upon them the immedi
ate necessity of such appoint
ments,' and that the boaM
shall be finally organized and
ready to begin work not later
than the 1st of April, 1915.
It is my desire that the work
of these boards shall be com
pleted and ready to report to
the central board not later
than June 1, 1915.
This can readily be accom
plished if the water users on
each of the projects shall im
mediately begin to prepare
for the hearings of the board
and shall exercise the author
ity heretofore conferred upon
them of appointing account
ing and engineering represen-
records of the Reclamation
Service statements of the
costs, and shall be prepared
for the prompt presentation
of their case.
It is expected that the of
ficers of the Reclamation Seiv
VJPP. shall nf POiirQP nrpnorp
, Vi
in advance for the presenta
tion of facts from the view
point of the service. - (
It is the desire that every
possible facility and assist
ance shall be given to the rep
resentatives of the water
users in order that they may
have the fullest and most ac-.
curate .knowledge of all the
facts involved in the cost of
these various projects.
Cordially yours,
Franklin K. Lane.
The foregoing is furnished'
me by the legal department
or the Reclamation Service;
accompanying this are the
"Instructions to the Local
Boards," all of which contain
valuable information and is
most important. The instruc
tions to local boards follow:
Object of Investigation
First, to ascertain the pro-,
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