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This statement, dated February 18, 1954, delivered by North Dakota farmer Cloyd Wegley to the Subcommittee on Civil Functions and Military Construction of the United States (US) House Appropriations Committee, during hearings related to the pool level of Garrison Dam, notes that Wegley has lived and farmed in the Lewis and Clark Irrigation Project area since he was 17 years old and has been chosen by the board of directors of the Lewis and Clark and Buford-Trenton Irrigation Projects along the Missouri River to present their views to the committee.
Wegley explains that a pool level of 1,850 will endanger both irrigation projects, and that the proposed solution of building long dikes, with wells and pumps to collect and transfer seepage back over the dikes, are disporoportionately expensive, untried, and unlikely to work given the technical challenges posed by the the soil type and hydrology of the locations involved.
Wegley concludes with an appeal for Congress not to allow the Army Engineers to destroy these two valuable irrigation projects with a pool level of 1950 feet.
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flooding, flood protections, Garrison Dam, Garrison Reservoir, Garrison Diversion, US War Department, water development, pool level, pool height, water height, water level, flood height, US Army Corps of Engineers, US Army Engineers, US Bureau of Reclamation, Lewis and Clark and Buford-Trenton Irrigation Projects. Lewis and Clark Irrigation Project, Buford Trenton Irrigation Project
United States Army Corps of Engineers, US Army Engineers, United States Department of Interior, United States War Department, US Court of Claims, US Bureau of Reclamation, Lewis and Clark and Buford-Trenton Irrigation Projects. Lewis and Clark Irrigation Project, Buford Trenton Irrigation Project
Wegley, Cloyd, "Statement of Cloyd Wegley to Subcommittee of House Appropriations Regarding Garrison Dam Pool Level, February 18. 1954" (1954). Usher Burdick Papers. 422.