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FLOOD-CONTROL BILL OF 1946

TUESDAY, APRIL 16, 1946

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946

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
COMMITTEE ON FLOOD CONTROL,

Washington, D.C.
CALIFORNIA STREAMS

The committee met at 10 a. m., pursuant to adjournment, Hon. Will M. Whittington (chairman) presiding.

The CHAIRMAN. The committee will be in order. We have under consideration for today the matter of additional authorizations for approved plans for the Los Angeles River and the Sacramento-San Joaquin Rivers. There were two local protective projects mentioned in the schedule, one for Salinas River, the other for Santa Clara River, but these two projects have not been reported on and have not been submitted to the Budget. So there will be no hearings on those projects.

General Crawford, in the Los Angeles area—you or Colonel Herb, as you desire, may answer-there have been approved projects at an estimated cost, as I recall, of approximately $273,500,000; is that correct?

STATEMENT OF COL. E. G. HERB, EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT TO THE

DIRECTOR OF CIVIL WORKS, OFFICE, CHIEF OF ENGINEERS Colonel HERB. Yes, sir, and there has been authorized for the partial accomplishment or the construction of those projects, $132,541,000.

The CHAIRMAN. Projects are under way for what amount?

Colonel HERB. The total Federal cost of projects completed and under way amounts to about $100,000,000.

The CHAIRMAN. That leaves approximately $32,000,000 remaining of the monetary authorization not yet committed; is that right?

Colonel HERB. Yes, sir; that is correct. The approved comprehensive plan includes the following items: Project unit

Status
Los Angeles River Basin:
Hansen flood-control basin.---

-- Completed. Sepulveda flood-control basin...

Do. Los Angeles River channel :

Owensmouth Avenue to Lankershim

Boulevard ------------------------ Under construction.
Lankershim Boulevard to Niagara
Street ---

Do.
Niagara Street to Stewart and Gray
Road.

-- Nearly complete.

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Status
Los Angeles River Basin-Continued
Los Angeles River channel–Continued

Stewart and Gray Road to Santa Ana branch,
Pacific Electric R. R. bridge.--

-- Under construction.
Santa Ana branch, Pacific Electric R. R. bridge
to Pacific Ocean.--

Not in progress.
Long Beach Boulevard.--

Completed.
Baines Canyon

Do.
Sycamore Wash ---

Do.
Verdugo Wash, Upper Canada bridge to debris
basin.-----

-------- Not in progress.
Verdugo Wash, Concord to Upper Canada bridge Completed.
Compton Creek, Alameda Street to Hooper Ave-
nue storm drain --

Do.
Compton Creek, Hooper Avenue storm drain to
Main Street --

Not in progress.

---------Lopez flood-control basin.

Planning under way.
Caballero Creek

Not in progress.
Wilson Canyon and Manfield Street channel.

Do.
Lopez Canyon diversion----

Do.
Paçoima Wash channel --

Planning under way. Blue Gum Canyon-----

Not in progress. Tujunga Wash channel...

Planning under way. Burbank western system (lower).

Partly complete. Burbank western system (upper)--

Planning under way. Burbank eastern system------

Not in progress.
Blanchard channel---
Dead Horse Canyon and Royal Blvd. channel --

Do.
Winery Canyon.

Do.
San Gabriel River Basin :
Santa Fe flood control basin.---

-------- Partly completed. San Gabriel River Channel :

San Gabriel Canyon to Santa Fe flood control
basin--------------

-- Under construction. Santa Fe flood control basin to Walnut Creek--- Planning under way. Walnut Creek to Pacific Ocean-

Do. Whittier Narrows flood control basin.-

Plans completed. Walnut Creek system.

Not in progress. Walnut Creek Inlet channel

Do. Marshall Creek ----

Do. Emerald Wash and Liveoak Wash.

Do.
Thompson Creek and San Jose Wash, Coyote Creek..

Do.
Rio Hondo Basin :
Alhambra Wash_-

Completed.
Rio Hondo channel ----

Planning under way. Sawpit Wash------

Not in progress. Sierra Madre Villa channel

Do.
Santa Anita Wash---

Do.
Arcadia Wash system ---
Rubio Canyon diversion----

Planning under way. Eaton Wash--

Do.
Ballona Creek Basin :
Ballona Creek channel and jetties_

Completed.
Higgins and Coldwater Canyon.

Not in progress.
Benedict Canyon-------
Sawtelle-Westwood (lower)---------

Do.
Sawtelle-Westwood (upper)------------

Do.
Continela Creek---

Do. The CHAIRMAN. So that substantially the situation is that in the Los Angeles area there is a situation comparable to the New England area, where we have about $50,000,000 in the Connecticut Basin that would be available for initiation of work on other units of the plan.

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Colonel HERB. Yes, sir.

The CHAIRMAN: Whereas, in the other areas of the country there are only small amounts, for instance, $7,000,000 along the Arkansas, and about $5,000,000 along the White and substantially none along other rivers. When you answered the question with respect to Los Angeles did you embrace in the Los Angeles area the authorizations for the Sacramento-San Joaquin and other streams?

Colonel HERB. No, sir; just the Los Angeles and San Gabriel River basins. .

The CHAIRMAN. Will you please give us the authorizations for the other California projects; their approvals first ?

Colonel HERB. The schedule refers to those projects that were approved in the 1944 Flood Control Act with the exception of the Big Dry Creek Reservoir which was authorized in the Flood Control Act of 1941. Those two bills authorized the construction of some 16 reservoirs and dams and several local protection projects.

The CHAIRMAN. What is the total amount of the approved projects? Colonel HERB. The total present estimated cost of those projects that have been approved is about $230,000,000.

The CHAIRMAN. Is that in addition to the $273,000,000 for the Los Angeles area?

Colonel HERB. Yes, sir.

The CHAJRMAN. In other words, that includes all projects in the State of California outside of the Los Angeles area?

Colonel HERB. No, sir. There is the Santa Ana River Basin which is south of Los Angeles and a few other authorized projects in the State of California.

The CHAIRMAN. Are they included in this figure you have just given me?

Colonel HERB. No, sir; they are not.

The CHAIRMAN. What projects generally are included in the figure of $230,000,000 that you have just given the committee?

Colonel HERB. Sixteen dams and reservoirs and several local protection projects on the Sacramento River and its tributaries, the San Joaquin and its tributaries. The individual item comprising the approved plan is as follows:

PROJECTS AUTHORIZED OR IN APPROVED PLAN IN SACRAMENTO-SAN JOAQUIN BASIN

SACRAMENTO RIVER

Big Dry Creek
Black Butte Dam and Reservoir
Iron Canyon Dam and Reservoir

Nine new levees and channel improve

ments Modifications to existing project levees

KAWEAH AND TULE RIVERS Terminus Dam and Reservoir

Kaweah River local work Sucess Dam and Reservoir

LOWER SAN JOAQUIN RIVER AND TRIBUTARIES New Melones Dam and Reservoir

San Joaquin Levees Participation in New Don Pedro Dam

and Reservoir

OTHER PROJECTS IN SACRAMENTO-SAN JOAQUIN BASIN American River, Folson Reservoir Kings River, Pine Flat Dam and Reser. Kern River, Isabella Reservoir

voir and local protection works Merced County, stream group:

Mariposa Dam and Reservoir Burns Dam and Reservoir

Levee and channel works Bear Dam and Reservoir

Owens Dam and Reservoir Calaveras and Littlejohn Creeks : Hogan Dam and Reservoir

Farmington Dam and Reservoir The CHAIRMAN. What was the amount authorized ?

Colonel HERB. The cost of the projects authorized in the initial stage is about $123,582,000.

The CHAIRMAN. Authorized on those projects to date?

Colonel HERB. Yes, sir; that is in Sacramento-San Joaquin Valleys of California.

The CHAIRMAN. How much has been actually appropriated?

Colonel HERB. About $5,000,000, sir, which includes the amount in the present appropriation bill as it passed the Senate.

The CHAIRMAN. Now pending in Congress?
Colonel HERB. Yes, sir,

The CHAIRMAN. Which may be acted upon now this morning while we are here. So you have available in that part of California authorizations totalling about $123,000,000 against which about $5,000,000 has been appropriated.

Colonel HERB. Yes, sir.

The CHAIRMAN. What other approvals of projects are there outside of the Los Angeles area where authorizations have been made?

Colonel HERB. The other large one is in the Santa Ana River Basin, which is south of the city of Los Angeles. The estimated cost of the approved projects for that basin totals about $49,000,000. The amount that has been authorized by your committee for appropriation is $35,500,000.

The CHAIRMAN. How much has been appropriated ?

Colonel HERB. The amount that has been appropriated is $19,500,000.

The CHAIRMAN. That leaves available for appropriation how much?
Colonel HERB. About $16,000,000, sir.
The approved comprehensive plan includes the following items:

Reservoir

Stream

Town or city nearest

Status

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Fullerton....

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East Fullerton Creek
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31 San Juan Creek. San Juan Capistrano.. Planning under way. San Antonio Cree Claremont.

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Carbon Creek

Olinda..
Santiago Creek.. Olive

Not in progress, 31
Aliso Creek.....
El Toro...

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CHANNEL IMPROVEMENTS

Name of project

Status

Lytle and Cajon Creeks channel improvement...
San Antonio and Chino Creeks.....
Carbon Canyon.....

Essentially complete.
Planning under way.

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The CHAIRMAN. Any other streams in the State of California ? Colonel HERB. No, sir. That is all except for a few small projects.

The CHAIRMAN. The Santa Ana, does that cover the Whittier Narrows?

Colonel HERB. No, sir, the Whittier Narrows Reservoir is included in the San Gabriel River Basin.

The CHAIRMAN. What is the estimated cost of that Whittier Narrows project substantially?

Colonel HERB. $14,704,000, sir.

The CHAIRMAN. There has been opposition to it. Mr. Voorhis, of California, desires to be heard. When it is heard, it may be that further questions will be propounded to you.

Now, I ask you to insert at this place in the record the total estimated cost of the approved projects for the State of California.

Colonel HERB. About $555,000,000 is the total estimated cost of the approved flood control projects in California under flood control, general.

The CHAIRMAN. The total authorization heretofore made amount to what?

Colonel HERB. About $295,000,000, sir.
The CHAIRMAN. The total approval is about what?
Colonel HERB. About $555,000,000, sir.
The CHAIRMAX. The total authorization ?

Colonel HERB. The total authorizations amount to about $295,000,000, sir.

The CHAIRMAN. And the total appropriations ?
Colonel HERB. About $100,000,000.

The CHAIRMAN. The total amount of works completed and under way and the cost of completing those units actually started would be what?

Colonel HERB. The total works completed and under way amount to around $155,000,000.

The CHAIRMAN. So you would have available an uncommitted balance of monetary authorization of about $140,000,000 ?

Colonel HERB. Yes, sir.

The CHAIRMAN. So California, according to the figures, has a very favorable situation on all of these streams compared with the other parts of the country?

Colonel HERB. Yes, sir. That is correct; however, with respect to monetary authorization, I think the Los Angeles Basin is the most critical of these three basins about which we are talking.

The CHAIRMAN. The problem is greater and you have a larger population in that area than in any other similar area in the United States.

Colonel HERB. That is correct, sir.

The CHAIRMAN. It expanded during the war. The problems are there. I know a request that has been made to the committee for a rehearing of many of the projects. The problems involved have been studied and reported on by the Chief of Engineers, and we have also had the reports, as well as the hearings, of the Bureau of Reclamation, and there is no occasion for repetition by either you or them unless we take up the matter of Whittier Narrows. Is that a fair statement or not?

Colonel HERB. That is a fair statement, sir.

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