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This letter, dated August 21, 1952, from United States (US) Representative Usher Burdick to his son, Williston Attorney Eugene Burdick, refers to a claim by made by Eugene that they can't get around the order of the US Secretary of Defense regarding land acquisition for a reservoir larger than that provided by law. Usher Burdick refers to an enclosed 1888 law with all its amendments which he says shows that the US Secretary of Defense may only take actions "FOR WHICH PROVISION HAS BEEN MADE BY LAW" (emphasis in original), and that the Amendment of 1938 merely confers the same authority in regard to dams as it does to river and harbor improvements.

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Garrison Dam, Garrison Reservoir, Garrison Diversion, pool level, pool height, water height, water level, flood height, flood level

Organizations Referenced

US Department of Defense

People Referenced

Usher Burdick, Eugene Burdick

Letter from Representative Burdick to Eugene Burdick Regarding Garrison Dam Land Acquisition, August 21, 1952