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VOLUME XLV. NUMBER 32. THE SENSATIONAL (By Benjamin Franklin Fly) Landowners, entrymen and water users of the Arizona California Yuma project, as well as officials of the United States Reclamation Service have been grievously disap pointed in the quality of water diverted from the Colorado river for irrigation purposes by means of the dam, Laguna, nor does it hurt any person or any interest to make this statement. The truth of the matter is that many are disgusted with the quality of water furnish ed for irrigation purposes. Instead of "too much John son," it's TOO MUCH SILT! Ordinarily, the man who owns an irrigable farm wants silt, or sediment; but that is in a country where the silt is needed for and takes the place of fertilizers. The Yu ma project, however, does not need it, because the soil is al ready so rich that in many of the worn-out Eastern states if they could only get the silt that is daily spread upon the farms hereabouts, they would convert it into gold coins by selling it tor butter. However, the farmers of this section have no very great desire for disposing of the silt in that manner. But they do want to get rid of'it and that's a problem that even dear old Uncle Sam,, aided and abetted by the best engi neers and experts that money can procure, has been unable to solve with any degree of satisfaction. The "settling basin" svs-! tern has proven to be wholly unsatisfactory, though at the! beginning it was thought en-'and, for that matter, the eng - tirely feasible. The basin tire Indian Reservation unit fills so quickly with silt that it wipe that beautiful valley would bankrupt the project to completely off the map! keep it cleaned out, just as' You'll have to do it to get YUMA, ARIZONA THUR STORY OF THE the irrigating ditches and canals keep filling with it so rapidly that it requires an ex penditure of irom $500 to $1,000 per mile to clean them out. When you consider the fact that the project will have something like 700 miles of canals and laterals when com pleted it will at once be seen that the one item of "mainte nance" will amount to quite enough to start a first-class national bank. How to get rid of the silt, therefore, is the all important question, and this at once re solves itself into what I said yesterday, is: int cino TION OF THE DAY! And, right here, right now, let me publicly proclaim in the name of the Yuma Daily Examiner that I HAVE SOLVED, Ai LAST, THE QUESTION OF HOW TO GET RID OF THAT EVERLASTINGLY BOTHERSOME SILT! "Yes, I'm from Arkansaw! Now laugh, durn ye," .and, even if you are "from Mis soury," I think I can "show" you. Let it be thoroughly under stood also, right here, and right now, that this solution of the "silt question," is noi entirely original with me.- Charge it to my friend, Mr. Charley Meadows. think you can lick him, why, r, go to it- But, before you start on the job be sure that you are not afflicted with the hook-worm ! Now, let's get rid of the silt. All right. The first prerequisite is to! completely obliterate Bard, HERE D OW TOLD FOR SDAY", JULY 29, 1915. DAY IS FIRST THE rid of the silt! What's that got to do with it? Why, it's the plainest, sim plest problem the Reclama tion Service has ever had to contend with. Here 'tis : Build a levee all around the 15,000 acres, and make it as i t-iirrli ac ittmi lib-p 5C1V 30 fp.P.t Then divert the water from jgrals over to the Reclamation the dam, Laguna, into this a!- Semce in order that the most natural reservoir, and!d'tchf ,ma be LET THE WATER SETTLE. ! rid j e silt. In fact, my In a short time it will be as !f"en4; Meadows tells me that ' R0:ur!the Chamber of Commerce of Litai ao a voiai. ivuuiuuir trout, Lake 1 ahoe trout. Doi Ily Varden trout, and other kinds of the finny tribe will make this big lake an invalu able asset to both Arizona and California, while in winter time it will be alive with teal, mallards,, spoon-bills, canvas- backs, redheads, and the like, that will at once make Yuma the sportsman's Paradise. All this time the lands qf the Imperial valley and Yuma valley, as well as every acre on the mesa will be irrigated by this crystal-like water, in stead of the soup that now "pesticates" both Uncle Sam and the farmers. The dimen sions given would produce nearly half a million acre-feet of clear water. When "Lake Bard" would begin to get low, oil rrnii lTrmi 1 r$ Vtmra 4-r A r to pen up tne sate at tne dam, Laguna, and fill it up again, and, when that task was done, then turn the water back into the river. But, you will argue, "Lake Bard" will fill uo iust as the ditches do! Suppose it does; i how long ao you i 1 imagine it will take? Computing the jsilt at one-twentieth (I doubt jif it's that much) you would have to fill "Lake Bard" 600 I times before the silt would be be level with your levees, and by this time this new system would have supplied TWO HUNDRED AND SEVEN TY MILLION acre-feet of water, so clear that the peo ple using it wouldn't need looking glasses. Isn't that worth thinking about? Well, I guess yes! This great body of water would be sufficient to irrigate ! every. acre in iuma valley, the mesa and the entire impe rial valley. The scheme is considered so plausible that the C. D. company is ready to turn all its canals and lat- the Imperial valley, as well as f the Chamber of Commerce of Los Angeles are now just about ready to pass resolu tions in favor of this vast un-, dertaking. But how about Bard and' the Indians? That's dead easy. Every -unit holder of Bard will be given land on the Mesa or in Imperial valley, just as they please, and, naturally, will be. fully compensated for this im provements, and I dare say all of them will be glad to so exchange. As for Poor Lo! Well, I guess whenever it gets down to that point that Uncle Sam will do pretty much as he pleases, regard less, etc. Now, gentle reader, kind friend, and all the balance of you, that's my "sensation 13 1 the day." If you don't like it, why, go kick the stuffing out of Charlev Meadows! But, as for myself, well, I be lieve its worthy of the most serious consideration at the hands of the Jocal board of cost review. Therefore, the Yuma Daily Examrner will re SDectfuIIy "pass the buck" to them. When you want real, live news, read the Yuma Daily Examiner.