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H. R. 4485
AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE CONSTRUCTION OF
CERTAIN PUBLIC WORKS ON RIVERS AND
HARBORS FOR FLOOD CONTROL,

AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES

MAY 29, 31, JUNE 1,2,5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 1944

Printed for the use of the Committee on Commerce

UNITED STATES
GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE

WASHINGTON : 1944

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1944

COMMITTEE ON COMMERCE

JOSIAH W. BAILEY, North Carolina, Chairman HATTIE W. CARAWAY, Arkansas

HIRAM W. JOHNSON, California BENNETT CHAMP CLARK, Missouri ARTHUR H. VANDENBERG, Michigan JOHN H. OVERTON, Louisiana

OWEN BREWSTER, Maine THEODORE G. BILBO, Mississippi

HAROLD H. BURTON, Ohio FRANCIS MALONEY, Connecticut

ALEXANDER WILEY, Wisconsin GEORGE L. RADCLIFFE, Maryland EDWARD V. ROBERTSON, Wyoming CLAUDE PEPPER, Florida

GUY CORDON, Oregon
JAMES M, MEAD, New York
MON C. WALLGREN, Washington
W. LEE O'DANIEL, Texas
PAT MCCARRAN, Nevada
ARTHUR WALSH, New Jersey

A. HAND JAMES, Clerk

SUBCOMMITTEE

JOHN H. OVERTON, Louisiana, Chairman BENNETT CHAMP CLARK, Missouri ARTHUR H. VANDENBERG, Michigan CLAUDE PEPPER, Florida

OWEN BREWSTER, Maine JAMES M. MEAD, New York

HAROLD H. BURTON, Ohio PAT MCCARRAN, Nevada

GUY CORDON, Oregon

FLOOD CONTROL

MONDAY, MAY 29, 1944

UNITED STATES SENATE,
SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE COMMITTEE ON COMMERCE,

Washington, D. C. The subcommittee met at 10:30 a. m., pursuant to call, in the Capitol, Senator John H. Overton presiding.

Present: Senators Overton (chairman of the subcommittee), Mead, Brewster, Burton, and Cordon.

Present also: Senator Caraway.

Senator OVERTOX. (chairman of the subcommittee). The subcommittee will come to order. There has been submitted to this subcommittee for consideration and hearing H. R. 4485, authorizing the construction of certain public works on rivers and harbors for flood control, and for other purposes. The bill will be made a part of the record at this point. (The bill, H. R. 4485, is as follows:)

(H. R. 4485, 78th Cong., 2d sess.) AS ACT Authorizing the construction of certain public works on rivers and harbors for

flood control, and for other purposes Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress_assembled, That the words “flood control” as used in section 1 of the Act of June 22, 1936, shall be construed to include channel and major drainage improvements, and that hereafter Federal investigations and improvements of rivers and other waterways for flood control and allied purposes shall be under the jurisdiction of and shall be prosecuted by the War Department under the direction of the Secretary of War and supervision of the Chief of Engineers, and Federal investigations of watersheds and measures for run-off and water-flow retardation and soil-erosion prevention on watersheds shall be under the jurisdiction of and shall be prosecuted by the Department of Agriculutr under the direction of the Secretary of Agriculture, except as otherwise provided by Act of Congress.

SEC. 2. That section 3 of the Act approved June 22, 1936 (Public, Numbered 738, Seventy-fourth Congress), as amended by section 2 of the Act approved June 28, 1938 (Public, Numbered 761, Seventy-fifth Congress), shall apply to all works authorized in this Act, except that for any channel improvement or channel rectification project provisions (a), (b), and (c) of section 3 of said Act of June 22, 1936, shall apply thereto, and except as otherwise provided by law: Provided, That the authorization for any flood-control project herein adopted requiring local cooperation shall expire five years from the date on which local interests are notified in writing by the War Department of the requirements of local cooperation, unless said interests shall within said time furnish assurances satisfactory to the Secretary of War that the required cooperation will be furnished.

SEC. 3. The Chief of Engineers, under the supervision of the Secretary of War, is authorized to construct, maintain, and operate park and recreational facilities in reservoir areas under the control of the War Department, and to permit the construction, maintenance, and operation of such facilities. The Secretary

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