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PUBLIC WORKS APPROPRIATIONS FOR 1957

HEARINGS

BEFORE THE

SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE
COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

EIGHTY-FOURTH CONGRESS

SECOND SESSION

SUBCOMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS APPROPRIATIONS

CLARENCE CANNON, Missouri, Chairman
LOUIS C. RABAUT, Michigan

GLENN R. DAVIS, Wisconsin
MICHAEL J. KIRWAN, Ohio

BEN F, JENSEN, Iowa
JOHN E. FOGARTY, Rhode Island JOHN PHILLIPS, California
JOHN J. RILEY, South Carolina H. CARL ANDERSEN, Minnesota
JOE L. EVINS, Tennessee

T. MILLET HAND, New Jersey
EDWARD P. BOLAND, Massachusetts JOHN TABER, New York
JAMES C. MURRAY, Illinois
DON MAGNUSON, Washington

CARSON CULP, Staf Assistant to the Subcommittee

TESTIMONY OF MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, INTERESTED

ORGANIZATIONS, AND INDIVIDUALS (PART 1)

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PUBLIC WORKS APPROPRIATIONS FOR 1957

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HEARINGS

BEFORE THE

SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE
COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

EIGHTY-FOURTH CONGRESS

SECOND SESSION

SUBCOMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS APPROPRIATIONS

CLARENCE CANNON, Missouri, Chairman
LOUIS C. RABAUT, Michigan

GLENN R. DAVIS, Wisconsin
MICHAEL J. KIRWAN, Ohio

BEN F. JENSEN, Iowa
JOHN E. FOGARTY, Rhode Island JOHN PHILLIPS, California
JOHN J. RILEY, South Carolina H. CARL ANDERSEN, Minnesota
JOE L. EVINS, Tennessee

T. MILLET HAND, New Jersey
EDWARD P. BOLAND, Massachusetts JOHN TABER, New York
JAMES C. MURRAY, Illinois
DON MAGNUSON, Washington

CARSON CULP, Staj A88istant to the Subcommittee

TESTIMONY OF MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, INTERESTED

ORGANIZATIONS, AND INDIVIDUALS (PART 1)

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CLARENCE CANNON, Missouri, Chair man GEORGE H. MAHON, Texas

JOHN TABER, New York HARRY R. SHEPPARD, California

RICHARD B. WIGGLESWORTH, Massachusetts ALBERT THOMAS, Texas

BEN F. JENSEN, Iowa MICHAEL J. KIRWAN, Ohio

H. CARL ANDERSEN, Minnesota W. F. NORRELL, Arkansas

WALT HORAN, Washington JAMIE L. WHITTEN, Mississippi

GORDON CANFIELD, New Jersey GEORGE W. ANDREWS, Alabama

IVOR D. FENTON, Pennsylvania JOHN J. ROONEY, New York

JOHN PHILLIPS, California J. VAUGHAN GARY, Virginia

ERRETT P. SCRIVNER, Kansas JOHN E, FOGARTY, Rhode Island

FREDERIC R. COUDERT, JR., New York ROBERT L. F. SIKES, Florida

CLIFF CLEVENGER, Ohio ANTONIO M. FERNANDEZ, New Mexico EARL WILSON, Indiana PRINCE H. PRESTON, Georgia

GLENN R. DAVIS, Wisconsin OTTO E. PASSMAN, Louisiana

BENJAMIN F. JAMES, Pennsylvania LOUIS C. RABAUT, Michigan

GERALD R. FORD, JR., Michigan SIDNEY R. YATES, Illinois

EDWARD T. MILLER, Maryland FRED MARSHALL, Minnesota

CHARLES W. VURSELL, Illinois JOHN J. RILEY, South Carolina

T. MILLET HAND, New Jersey ALFRED D. SIEMINSKI, New Jersey

HAROLD C. OSTERTAG, New York
JOE L. EVINS, Tennessee

FRANK T. BOW, Ohio
HENDERSON LANHAM, Georgia
CHARLES B. DEANE, North Carolina
JOHN F. SHELLEY, California
EDWARD P. BOLAND, Massachusetts
DON MAGNUSON, Washington
WILLIAM H. NATCHER, Kentucky
DANIEL J. FLOOD, Pennsylvania
WINFIELD K, DENTON, Indiana
JAMES C. MURRAY, Mlinois

KENNETH SPRANKLE, Clerk and Staff Director

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PUBLIC WORKS APPROPRIATIONS FOR 1957

BEFORE THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON

PUBLIC WORKS APPROPRIATIONS

MICHAEL J. KIRWAN, Ohio, Chairman
JOHNJ. RILEY, South Carolina GLENN R. DAVIS, Wisconsin
EDWARD P. BOLAND, Massachusetts BEN F. JENSEN, Iowa
DON MAGNUSON, Washington

JOHN PHILLIPS, California

MONDAY, MARCH 19, 1956.

WHITLOW RANCH DAM

WITNESS

HON. JOHN J. RHODES, A REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS FROM THE STATE OF ARIZONA

Mr. KIRWAN. The committee will be in order.
We have with us this morning Congressman Rhodes, of Arizona.

Mr. RHODES. Mr. Chairman and gentlemen of the committee; I am going to be very brief this morning because I think the subcommittee knows quite a bit about this particular project.

Last year, we had residents of the State of Arizona and the commanding officer of Williams Air Force Base here to testify on this project. The project was approved by the Army engineers too late to get in the budget last year; however, it is in the budget this year.

The Whitlow Ranch Dam would impound a stream that is dry about 360 days out of the year. The 5 days that it is not dry, it does considerable damage. When we get a torrential rain on the watershed, as we did 2 years ago, this little stream comes down and spreads across the desert.

It not only inundates some fine farmland but it endangers Williams Air Force Base.

I was stationed there from 1941 to 1945, and on several occasions I had to wade through water to get on the base. The base is protected by dikes but in this last flood Queen Creek apparently changed its course, so if it floods again, the course is very likely to be much closer to Williams Air Force Base, which will put much more of a strain on the dikes and could possibly result in a situation where they would lose a lot of property and damage a lot of airplanes. Those airplanes, as the committee knows, are worth quite a bit of money, and since the cost of this dam is not great, very likely one flood which broke into Williams Field would result in more loss to the Government than the cost of this dam.

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