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trol, which consists of representatives from the several irrigation districts on the project.
Other pertinent facts:
Date project authorized Mar. 27, 1905.
Construction began 1906.
"Water first available 1909.
Acres irrigable 165, 783.
Acres irrigated, 1935 147, 372.
Total crop value, 1935 S3, 659, 231.
Average crop value per acre, 1935 $25. 02.
Average crop value, 10-year period 1926-35 $24.71.
Construction account, June 30, 1936 . $16, 936, 615.
EXPLANATION OF PROPOSED APPROPRIATION, 1938
Operation and maintenance $44, 000
Direct appropriation, power system 30, 000
Funds to be advanced 14, 000
Power operations.-—The Boise River power plant and Black Canyon power system are operated by the United States primarily for furnishing power to the Emmett irrigation district for pumping, to the Owyhee project, and for the delivery of power to the Idaho Power Co. in lieu of exchange power delivered by that "company to the Minidoka project. For the fiscal year 1937, $30,000 is available; the same amount is requested for 1938. Of the $30,000 requested, $5,000 is for the Boise River power plant, $15,000 for the Black Canyon power system, and $5,000 for the operation and maintenance of the Deadwood Reservoir.
Annual power revenues return operating cost, depreciation, and interest on investment. As the power operations are for the purpose of supplying power in part to other reclamation projects, and collections therefor are made from the water users organizations and others on those projects, annual appropriations are necessary.
The net revenues are applied to repay the investment in the power plants, Deadwood Reservoir, and one-half the cost of the Black Canyon diversion.
Operation and maintenance—reserved works.—In addition to the power system, the United States operates and maintains the reserved works consisting of Arrowrock Dam and Reservoir, the Boise River diversion dam and about 1 mile of the main canal. These features serve lands in the Arrowrock division, comprising several irrigation districts, and Warren Act and other contractors. The estimated cost, $14,000, is payable in advance by those receiving water. The funds are deposited in the reclamation fund and are available for expenditure in like manner as if specifically appropriated.
The distribution and drainage systems serving the lands of the Arrowrock division are operated by a board of control without expense to the United States.
MINIDOKA PROJECT, IDAHO
Mr. Scrugham. The next item is "Minidoka project, Idaho", which is as follows:
Minidoka project, Idaho: For operation and maintenance, reserved works $11,600: Provided, That not to exceed $50,000 from the power revenues shall be available during the fiscal year 193S for the operation of the commercial system; and not to exceed $100,000 from power revenues shall be available during the fiscal year 1938 for continuation of construction, south side division.
Mr. Page. The justification in support of this item is as follows:
General description of project.—The Minidoka project is located in southern Idaho on both sides of the Snake River, with 44,930 acres in the south side pumping division, 60,556 acres in the north side gravity division, and 62,339 acres in the Gooding division being irrigated at the present time. The Bureau is prepared to deliver water to an additional area of about 25,250 acres in those three divisions from works already constructed. An additional area of considerable size, and which may eventually embrace about 114,000 acres, to be irrigated by pumping on the north side, is included in the plans for probable future development. Water for the irrigation of project lands is supplied by diversion of the natural flow of the Snake River, supplemented by storage from Lake Walcott (capacity, 167,240 acre-feet) on that river, Jackson Lake (capacity, 847,000 acre-feet) south of Yellowstone Park in Wyoming, and American Falls Reservoir (capacity, 1,704,000 acre-feet), also on Snake River. A power plant of 13,500 horsepower capacity, constructed and operated by the United States at Minidoka Dam (Lake Walcott), supplies electrical power for operation of irrigation pumping plants and for domestic and industrial purposes. The project is outstanding for its rural use of electricity.
In addition to the reservoirs, above mentioned, the system of irrigation works consists of the first, second, and third lift pumping plants to serve the south side pumping division, about 759 miles of canals and laterals, about 175 miles of land drains (open), nearly 10,000 irrigation structures, 122 miles of telephone lines and about 160 miles of electrical transmission lines, all of which include the constructed features on the Gooding division. Except for the portions of the irrigation system hereinafter stated as being reserved for operation and maintenance by the United States, the south side pumping, the north side gravity, and the Gooding divisions are being operated by the Burley irrigation district, the Minidoka irrigation district and American Falls Reservoir district no. 2, respectively, under contracts between the United States and those districts. In addition to the three districts mentioned, the United States has contracted with other water-user organizations on the Minidoka project principally for the sale of storage in Jackson Lake and American Falls Reservoirs and operation and maintenance of these reservoirs. During the calendar year 1935 about 671,400 acres of land, not directly a part of the Minidoka project, and not included in the areas stated above, received partial or full water supplies from American Falls and Jackson Lake reservoirs operated by the United States.
Other pertinent facts:
Date project authorized Apr. 23, 1904.
Construction began Dec. 1904.
Water first available 1907.
Acres irrigable 193,075.
Acreage irrigated, 1935 167,825.
Total crop value, 1935 $4,040,522.
Average crop value per acre, 1935 $25.11.
Average crop value, 10-vear period 1926-35 $28.90.
Construction account, June 30, 1936 $18,139,985.
EXPLANATION OF PROPOSEO APPROPRIATION, 1938
Operation and maintenance $75, 000
Direct appropriation 11, 600
Funds advanced 63, 400
The direct appropriation of 811,600 is requested to finance the Government's share of the cost of operating and maintaining American Falls Reservoir and the Minidoka irrigation district's share of the reserved works. A contract for repayment of the share of the cost of operating and maintaining the reserved features for the Minidoka irrigation district provides for payment after the service is rendered. An annual appropriation is therefore necessary. Appropriations of $11,600 were made for each of the fiscal years 1936 and 1937.
The Burley irrigation district advances to the Bureau of Reclamation its proportionate share of operating and maintaining the reserved works, including the operation and maintenance of the power system for furnishing electricity for pumping operations. The money advanced is deposited in the reclamation fund and is available for expenditure for the purposes for which advanced as if specifically appropriated.
The irrigation system reserved for operation and maintenance by the United States, and for which both appropriated and advanced funds will be needed, consists of the following features. The amount necessary for the fiscal year 1938 and considered sufficient for a normal year's operation is stated opposite each feature.
Jackson Lake Reservoir $10, 000
Snake River carriage (deliverv of stored water from Jackson Lake Reservoir) 10,000
American Falls Reservoir 10, 000
Delivery of American Falls stored water 6, 000
Minidoka Dam and headworks 4, 000
Main South Side Canal - 6,000 Supervision of Barley and Minidoka irrigation districts $4, 000
Power svstem operations (including transmission lines) Burley irrigation
district 25, 000
The Burley and Minidoka irrigation districts are operating and maintaining all other irrigation features.
Operation of commercial power system (power revenues) $50, 000
In addition to generating electrical energy for irrigation purposes the Minidoka power plant, which is operated by the United States, is used to supply power to several towns on and in the vicinity of the project and to about 20 companies for rural distribution. The net revenues for the fiscal year 1936 amounted to $77,445.59. The power system is operated for commercial purposes from grosss revenues collected during each fiscal year. Not to exceed $50,000 from power revenues, the same limitation that has been imposed for several years, is requested for the fiscal year 1938 to continue such operation.
Continuation of construction (power revenues) $10O, 000
Net power revenues are creditable annually to the construction charge obligations of the irrigation districts. Contract dated March 15, 1926, with the Burley irrigation district grants that district the option of having its share of net power revenues expended by the United States for betterments and enlargements of the canal, pumping and drainage systems. To perform such work, $100,000 was available during each of the fiscal years 1935, 1936, and 1937. However, no expenditures have been made during the past few years as the district elected to apply revenues to the payment of annual construction charges. An amount of $100,000 from net power revenues is requested for the fiscal year 1938 for continued enlargement of the main South Side Canal and installation of two pumps of 180 cubic feet per second capacity to replace pumps of 120 cubic feet per second capacity at the first and second lift pumping stations, which amount, if made available, will practically complete the program contemplated by the contract mentioned.
NORTH PLATTE PROJECT, NEBRASKA-WYOMING
Mr. Scrugham. The next item is the North Platte project, which is as follows:
North Platte project, Nebraska-Wyoming: Not to exceed $60,000 from the power revenues shall be available during the fiscal year 1938, for the operation and maintenance of the commercial system; and not to exceed $6,000 from power revenues allocated to the Northport irrigation district under subsection I, section 4, of the Act of December 5, 1924 (U. S. C, title 43, sec. 501), shall be available during the fiscal year 1938 for payment on behalf of the Northport irrigation district, to the Farmers' irrigation district for carriage of water.
Mr. Page. The justification in support of this item is as follows:
Description of project.—The North Platte project is located in the valley of the North Platte River in western Nebraska and eastern Wyoming. Irrigation development, which began in the eighties, has made substantial progress under private and Government auspices. The total irrigable area of the project proper is about 235,000 acres, of which nearly 192,000 acres were irrigated during the calendar year 1935 in the Pathfinder, Fort Laramie and Gering, Goshen, and Northport irrigation districts. In addition, 99,400 acres in the same general area received supplemental water under Warren Act contracts from project reservoirs. The project is divided into the Interstate, Fort Laramie, and Northport divisions. The Pathfinder Reservoir (capacity, 1,070,000 acre-feet) in south central Wyoming and Guernsey Reservoir (capacity, 72,700 acre-feet), also in Wyoming, have been constructed to store flood waters of the North Platte River and three other reservoirs within the confines of the project, having a combined capacity of about 75,000 acre-feet, have been provided for regulatory and storage purposes. Facilities for generating electrical power have been installed at the Guernsey Reservoir (capacity, 6,000 kilowatts) and at the Lingle power plant (capacity, 1,750 kilowatts) on the Fort Laramie Canal. The Whalen diversion dam, 10 miles below Guernsey Reservoir, diverts water from the North Platte River into the Interstate and Fort Laramie Canals for general distribution over the project. In addition to the reservoirs, dams, and power plants above mentioned, the principal features of the project system of works include 1,620 miles of canals and laterals, of which about 7 miles are concrete lined, 348 miles of land drains, 10 tunnels with a combined length of nearly 3 miles, approximately 23,700 water control and other structures (principally of concrete) in canals, laterals, and drains, 260 flumes with a length of about 3.5 miles, about 7 miles of pressure pipe, 210 miles of telephone lines and about 475 miles of electrical transmission lines.
The Pathfinder and Guernsey storage reservoirs, the Whalen diversion dam and the power system, consisting of the Guernsey and Lingle power plants and 171 miles of the transmission lines are operated by the United States. The canal and drainage works on the Interstate division are operated and maintained by the Pathfinder irrigation district. Similar works on the Fort Laramie division in Wyoming are operated and maintained by the Goshen irrigation district and in Nebraska by the Gering and Fort Laramie irrigation district. The canal and drainage systems on the Northport division are operated and maintained by the Northport irrigation district.
Other pertinent facts:
Date project authorized Mar. 14, 1903.
Construction began January 1905.
Water first available 1908.
Acres irrigable 234,419.
Acreage irrigated, 1935 191,993.
Total crop value, 1935 $4,959,443.
Average crop value per acre, 1935 $26.10.
Average crop value, 10-vear period, 1926-35 $27.92.
Construction account, June 30, 1936 $20,972,290.
EXPLANATION OF PROPOSED APPROPRIATION, 1838
Operation and maintenance of reserved works (storage and diversion
works), funds advanced $30, 000
The Pathfinder and Guernsey Dams and Reservoirs and the Whalen diversion dam constitute the reserved works operated by the United States, as they are joint facilities operated to serve the various irrigation districts and Warren Act contractors. The necessary funds for such operations are advanced by the several irrigation districts of the project. The estimated cost is prorated among the irrigation districts and Warren Act contractors and collection thereof is made in advance of the irrigation season. The amounts so collected are deposited in the Reclamation fund and expended for the purposes for which advanced in the same manner as if specifically appropriated. The estimated requirement of $30,000 to be so advanced for the fiscal year 1938 is to provide $20,000 for the storage system, $5,000 for the Whalen diversion dam and $5,000 for inspection and general expense for the project headquarters offices at Guernsey, Wyo.
Operation and maintenance, power system (from power revenues) $60, 000
The power system, which comprises the Guernsey and Lingle hydroelectric power plants, 171 miles of transmission lines, substations, metering equipment, and communication lines, is operated and maintained by the United States from revenues collected during the fiscal year. Energy produced is used for irrigation pumping, rural, industrial, and other commercial purposes and is disposed of to 14 towns located on or adjacent to the project, to the Holly Sugar Corporation, the Mountain States Power Co. and the Western Public Service Co. Gross power sales for the fiscal year 1936 amounted to $217,123 during which year the cost of operating the power system, including 171 miles of transmission lines, exclusive of depreciation, was $45,341. These revenues are deposited in the Reclamation fund. The appropriation item for the fiscal year 1938 is to provide authority for the expenditure of not to exceed $60,000 from gross revenues to continue the operation and maintenance of the power system, including payment to the Goshen
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irrigation district for carriage of power water in the Fort Laramie canal and pay. ment of a part of the cost of operation and maintenance of the Guernsey and Whalen Dams. The same limitation was contained in the 1937 appropriation in which a like amount was authorized. It is estimated that gross power revenues for the fiscal year 1938 will be about $235,000. Operation and maintenance-carriage of water... ere.
$6,000 From power revenues.....
... 6, 000 Net power revenues are credited annually on the construction charges due and payable by the irrigation districts. I'nder subsection I, of section 4 of the act of December 5, 1924 (13 Stat. 703) the Northport irrigation district is entitled to its proportionate part of the power revenues derived from power operations on this project. The amount requested is for the purpose of making payment out of such revenues to the Farmers' irrigation district for the carriage of water through its canals to the canal system of the Northport irrigation district.
RIO GRANDE PROJECT, NEW MEXICO-TEXAS
Mr. SCRIGHAM. The next item is “Rio Grande project, New Mexico-Texas," for the operation and maintenance, of which $350,000 is requested for the fiscal year 1938.
Mr. Page. The justification in support of this item is as follows:
Description of project.- The Rio Grande project is located along the Rio Grande, extending for a distance of about 100 miles in New Mexico, northerly from th- city of El Paso, and southeasterly from that city for about 40 miles in western Texas, north of the Mexican border. The project irrigable area is 155,000 acres of which 120,075 acres were irrigated during the calendar star 1933 in the Elephant Butta irrigation district New Mexico lands) and El Paso County improvement district no. 1 Teras landsr. 'I he l'nited States also furnished water as a partial water supply under sperial contracts for the irriga'ion of an additional area of 44,33% arres not included in the project proper. The llephant Butte Reservoir, wit's a capacity of 2,407,00 arrefert, is used to store and regulate the Rio Grande Ilow for irrigation. The (at all.) Dam, which will form a fervoir of 350,00%) arre-feet capariti, in now under construction on the fame river alo't 20 miles frelow tlephant Butte Dam for fleod and silt control and irrigation and power purposes. The principal features of the project irrigation sistem include 7 diversion dams, 6 canal miercrussings, 6.36 miles of (anals and laterale, of which 15 mila are concrite lined, 105 miles of land drains » n), about 11.100 water control and ether structure in canals, latrals and drains, including 022 flumes with a combined length of a nt 7 miles, and 37 miles of telephone lines, Incidental to the construirtion of the Hepliant Butte Dam, kates and sin pensteek connertions were installed in the damn to provide for possible future power development. When the Caballo Dam is completed the generation of p eor at Elephant Butte, without waste of water during the nonirrigation hason, will be feasible and in contemplated.
Other pertinent facta
Dec. 2, 1905.
1906. ** 1908.
150,000 120, 075 $7, 731, 907
$67. 40. ....... $61. 42.
$13, 216, 871.
EXPLANATION OF PROPONED APPROPRIATION, IN
Otration and mai trtance direct appropriation, $330,000.
The intim of work for the entire project is wrated and maintained by the I'mited States 11: accordance with contracts wit the Elephant Bitte irrigat district and El Paso (County improvement dintriet no I which provide for annual payments by the two districts in the sear foilowing the star in such the serier 19 rendered Antal appropriations from the reclamation fund are therefore necexrary