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This letter, dated August 21, 1952, from United States (US) Representative Usher Burdick to Eugene Burdick concerns the acquisition of lands by the US Secretary of Defense for Garrison Dam. The letter states that Usher Burdick is responding to a claim by Eugene Burdick that they can't get around the order of the US Secretary of Defense when it comes to land acquisition for a reservoir larger than that provided by law. The letter states that Usher Burdick has enclosed a 1888 law with all its amendments which shows that there are no provisions which allow the US Secretary to late lands without authorization. The letter concludes by stating that the Amendment of 1938 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 Secretary of Defense

People Referenced

Usher Burdick, Eugene Burdick

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