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land* and of their exemption from payment of any operation and maintenance or betterment cost, shall be carried into and made a part of the agreement to be executed pursuant hereto."

The pueblos of Cochiti, Santo Domingo, San Felipe, Santa Ana, Sand la, aivi Isleta are situated within the boundaries of the Middle Rio Grande conservancy district. In accordance with the act approved March 13, 1928, and the contract dated December 14, 1928, the Middle Rio Grande conservancy district has constructed diversion dams, canals, main laterals, and a storaee reservoir for the irrigation of the lands of these pueblos, as well as non-Indian lands in the district The conservancy district has also constructed drainB and flood-protection works for the benefit of these lands. In accordance with the act approved June 22 1930, the United States has agreed to pay operation and maintenance costs !■ the district for 5 years, beginning with the fiscal year 1937. Funds in the amour: of $11,250 were appropriated to make these payments during the fiscal year 1937 for water delivered during the calendar year 1936. No provision has been made for payment of operation and maintenance assessments for the calendar rear 1935, although the district delivered water to irrigated Indian lands and maiv tained its works for the benefit of Indian lands. The conservancy district > estimate of the amount due for operation and maintenance during the calendar year 1935 is $12,509.76. For the calendar year 1937, the district estimates the total assessments for operation and maintenance will be $10,169.46. The total amount due for the calendar years 1935 and 1937 as calculated by the district will be $22,739.22. It is believed that the acreage of Indian lands claimed by the district is somewhat large. A soil survey now bieng made by the Soil Conservation Service will determine the exact amount of lands which should be included in the area on which assessments will be paid. Our present estimate o( the entire area of Indian lands within the district is approximately 20,084 acres, of which approximately 8,483 were under cultivation at the time the construction contract was made and which, therefore, do not have to share in the operation and maintenance costs, leaving 11,601 acres of new lands upon which the operation and maintenance cost will have to be paid to the district. The survey being made by the Soil Conservation Service soil experts may raise or lower this figure.

The following letter from the Middle Rio Grande conservancy district sets out their estimate of money due them and for which the above justification is made

August 1, 1936. Dr. S. D. Abekle,

Superintendent, United Pueblos Agency,

Albuquerque, .V. Mex.

Pear Dr. Ahehi.e: As you are aware, the district has executed and submitted to Washington a contract covering conditions under which the United States is to pay a share of the cost of district operation and maintenance expense in behalf o: lands owned by Pueblo Indians within the project. The contract as submitted covers the years 1935 and 1930 and provides for payment for those 2 years, wit'1 further provision that extensions may be made for a total contract period not in excess of 5 years.

In accordance with the contract we submit herewith costs and budgeted requirements for our operation and maintenance expenditures for the years 1935 and 1930. Since the contract may be extended to include 1937, there is also submitted an estimate of our requirements for that year.

Interior Department appropriations for the fiscal year ending June 30, 193" (see Public, No. 741, 74th Cong., H. R. 10030), set out au appropriation as follows:

"For operation and maintenance assessments on newly reclaimed Indian lands within the Middle Rio Grande conservancy district, New Mexico, $11,250, or so much thereof as may lie necessary, reimbursable."

This amount, we are advised by Assistant Commissioner Zimmerman, is available for payment of charges accruing during the calendar vear 1930.

It is nccewMry, therefore, that provision be made in the next Indian Bureau budget for its share of 1935 operation and maintenance costs; and, since 193" may also Ih< included in the contract, provision should also be made for an appropriation for the calendar year 1937.

Accordingly, there are submitted below:

I. District oiieratkin and maintenance costs for calendar year 1935

•J. Hudget of estimated operation and maintenance costs for calendar vear 1936.

3. Budget of estimated operation and maintenance costs for calendar vear 193'

These figures include the cost for 1935 and estimated costs for 1936 and 1937 -of all operation, maintenance, and betterment work, including the cost on account of the newly reclaimed Pueblo Indian lands and the now irrigated Pueblo Indian 1 ands.


> Does not include extra expense which may arise during balance of calendar year 1936 and in 1937 in nection with Texas-New Mexico water-right litigation.

On the basis of actual costs for the year 1935, the amount due the district for operation and maintenance on newly reclaimed Pueblo lands is determined as follows (see par. 13 of contract):

Total operation and maintenance cost $217, 026. 46

Less assessments made for operation and maintenance against

property other than agricultural 97, 440. 09

Balance of costs in which newly reclaimed Pueblo lands par-
ticipate 119, 586. 37

Total agricultur J lands in district: Aaa

Non-Indian 98, 928

Old irrigated Pueblo lands 8,346

Newly reclaimed Pueblo lands (estimates) 12, 600

Total.. 119,874

Unit per acre cost chargeable to newlv reclaimed Indian lands:

119,874 acres, at $0.9976 per acre $119, 586. 37

On 12,600 acres total for 1935 12, 569. 76

(■Carrying through the years 1936 and 1937 in the same manner, it will be found that the unit per acre and total cost to newly reclaimed Indian lands for these years are as follows:


Unit per acre cost $74. 89

Total for 12,600 acres 9,436. 14


Unit per acre cost 80. 71

Total for 12,600 acres 10, 169. 46

Assessments against properties other than agricultural are estimated to be $108,667, that being the amount actually assessed for 1936. The rate for 1937 wiirnot be definitely known until June 1937.

Summary of estimated cost to newly reclaimed pueblo lands

1935 $12, 569. 76

1936 9,436. 14

1937 - 10, 169. 46

It is requested that proper measures be taken to provide for appropriation?' the years 1935 and 1937. Furthermore, it is hoped that upon approval of: operatiou-and-maintenance contract recently submitted, payment for the first hi> of 1936 may be expedited.

The district has been carrying on operation and maintenance on Indian lua for over 18 months, and it is vital to the carrying on of its current work tht moneys now due be made available at the earliest possible time. Your cooperation and assistance will be appreciated. Yours very truly,

C. A. Anderson, Chief Engineer, Middle Rio Grande Conservancy Disiric

Payment of 1935 charges.—The appropriation now available provides for op > tion and maintenance costs for 1936, and the amount requested will be used to as-' such costs for 1937. No provision has yet been made for meeting these cos.-:" 1935. An estimate will be submitted for consideration in connection niiifc deficiency bill to cover 1935. The basic legislation authorizes these appropntaf for a period of only 5 years. The district has urged payment of charges aeex; in 1935, the calendar year in which the authorizing act was passed. Prior to tW year all operation and maintenance charges were carried into construction cosi



Mr. Johnson. The next item, for the Klamath Reservation, 0r« is on page 140.

Mr. Dodd. The justification for this item is as follows:

Language change.—This estimate contemplates the transfer of $1,000 from tribs to Treasury funds, and the use of $4,000 from collections. The text to be offlitfc relates to the use of tribal funds.

The irrigation system on the Klamath Reservation comprises four proj*' constructed by the Indian Service: an

Modoc Point project ^

Sand Creek project 1TM!

Fort Creek project 2. J?

Brown Springs project 1'TM'

Only the first two projects are being operated by the Indian Service. The*'-^ water users on these projects pay their proportionate share of the operation tmaintenance costs which for several years past have amounted to $1 pcr ^ While the Indian Service constructed Fort Creek and Brown Springs pro)*" and has done considerable work on them, and now acts in an advisory cap"-' they are largely maintained by the landowners.

Modoc Point.—The estimate includes the following features:

Cleaning of canals and laterals and repairs to structures "':

Maintenance of drains ?J

Patroling canals h

Maintenance of headquarters buildings

Total "^

The source of water supply is in the Sprague River. The distributionsyt* includes 11 miles of main canal with a capacity of 60 cubic feet per second, miles of laterals and 364 structures. ,. j_

The area possible to serve with the irrigation system in its present conott, amounts to 2,182 acres. The irrigable area, however, is much larger and »■ the rehabilitation work now in progress it is expected that the irrigated arc* be increased both by Indians and white users. For this reason the Mw* has been increased over previous years. . ,t,

Maintenance consists of cleaning canals, laterals and drainage ditches'■'J j yearly growth of willows and cattails, removal of silt from canals and lateral*drainage canals, repair and improvement of structures and the repair and pa,u' of the group of buildings at headquarters.

Statement of collections (Modoc Point)

Jollections on hand, July 1, 1935 $653

teceipts, fiscal year 1936 927

Total available, 1936 1, 580

Sxpenditures, 1936 ■_ 758

Balance on hand, July 1, 1936 822

Receipts, fiscal year 1937 1, 200

Total available, 1937 2,022

Sxpenditures, 1937

Balance on hand, July 1, 1937 2, 022

Receipts, fiscal year 1938 1, 600

Total available, 1938 3, 622

Expenditures, 1938 2, 000

Balance on hand, July 1, 1938 1, 622

Sand Creek.—The estimate includes the following features:

Cleaning canals and laterals and repair to structures $1, 900

headquarters upkeep 100

Total 2,000

The source of water supply is Sand and Scott Creeks. The distribution system ncludes 6 miles of main canal with a capacity of 30 cubic feet per second and J miles of laterals. The irrigable acreage is 3,614 acres. The type of maintenance tvork is similar to that for the Modoc project. There is a possibility that some 5.50 additional acres will be irrigated under this unit in 1938, which will necessitate repair of the wooden checks and drops which were installed many years ago to reduce the velocity of the water. It is proposed also to clean the channel in Sand Creek of fallen timber and debris so that the water supply may be increased. It will also be necessary to install a few new turn-outs and checks to serve the additional land.

Statement of collections (Sand Creek)

Collections on hand, July 1, 1935 $2, 205

Receipts, fiscal year 1936 872

Total available, 1936 3, 077

Expenditures, 1936 525

Balance on hand, July 1, 1936 2, 552

Receipts, fiscal year 1937. 1, 200

Total available, 1937 3, 752

Expenditures, 1937 2,000

Balance on hand, July 1, 1937 1, 752

Receipts, fiscal year 1937 1, 700

Total available, 1938 -- - 3, 452

Expenditures, 1938 2,000

Balance on hand, July 1, 1938 1,452



Mr. Johnson. On page 142 is an item for the irrigation system ne the l'te Reservation in ('tah. Mr. DODD. The justification is submitted in support of this item

The proposed expenditures for 1938 consist of the following items Operation and maintenance: Distribution system....

$31. Water commissioner.. Storage system...... Telephone system.. Buildings and grounds.



Collections on band, July 1, 1935
Receipts, fiscal year 1936.

Total available, 1936.
Expenditures, 1936.

Balance on hand, July 1, 1936..
Receipts, fiscal year 1937..

Total available, 1937......
Expenditures, 1937.......

Balance on hand, July 1, 1937... Receipts, fiscal year 1938.......

Total available, 1938......
Expenditures, 1939.....

Balance on hand, July 1, 1938...The l'intah irrigation project is designed to irrigate 77,195 ser a per lands and carries water to approximately 28,000 acres of private lan is the permanent carrying capacities granted to companies and indivduals who pa their proportionate share of the operation and maintenance of the project

The distribution of water is made through 162 miles of main canals x 43 miles of laterals and sublaterals. There are 22 main canals diverting from f.. different river systems; the canals being protected with 5,200 structures percent of which are constructed of wood. The majority of these strict res are the original installations which were placed in service during the original cum struction period 1906 13. with the result that they are now in a very of repair

The following tabulation shows the status of project lands: Area of irrigable land Arra under constructed works ... Arra in whate and fee patent ownership...... Arra in trust patent. Indian ownership and school and agenci meene .. $40

Irea in crop

(pa lement hy huta
Ownett ( 1. turney white maung that wonny
(neist fart has ..
Kebu and agro y te zette.

Total **

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