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UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

THE HOOVER DAM
POWER AND WATER CONTRACTS

AND RELATED DATA

WITH INTRODUCTORY NOTES

BY
RAY LYMAN WILBUR
Secretary of the Interior

AND
NORTHCUTT ELY
Assistant to the Secretary

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PART I. The Project and the Department
PART II. An Analysis of the Contracts
APPENDIXES. Texts of the Contracts, and

Related Data

UNITED STATES
GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE

WASHINGTON : 1983

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INTRODUCTION

On November 24, 1922, Herbert Hoover, representing the United States, affixed his signature to the Colorado River compact. That agreement among the States of the Colorado River Basin made possible Federal assistance in the development of the Lower Basin.

On July 3, 1930, as President, he signed the appropriation bill which initiated the construction of the dam which now bears his name.) Between these two dates intervened the enactment of the Swing-Johnson bill, the negotiation of the power contracts whose revenues will amortize the cost of the dam, and water contracts disposing of California's share of the river's water. In this volume are printed the texts of these contracts, together with the legislation and data with which they are related. Included also is material relating to the second half of the Boulder Canyon project, the AllAmerican Canal, and a proposed water settlement with Arizona.

Preceding the texts of these instruments are introductory notes, divided into two parts: (1) The Project and the Department, and (2) An Analysis of the Contracts. The texts of the instruments and accompanying data appear in the appendixes.

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