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This press release by United States (US) Representative Usher L. Burdick, dated for release July 9, 1953 to "A. M. Papers & Radio," rebuts recent "propaganda" distributed by "the high dammers who want an elevation of 1850 feet at Williston," specifically a letter from the US Bureau of Reclamation supporting the Corps of Army Engineers in its preference for a pool level of 1850 feet.

Next, Burdick notes his role in reducing the appropriation to the Corp of Army Engineers by $4 million in order to curtail its building of dikes and the acquisition of land on which to build them.

Burdick also rebuts claims of self-interest arising from the fact that he owns land in the area that would be affected by the higher pool level.

The press release also summarizes developments related to tax legislation and legislation to reorganize the military.

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Garrison Dam, Garrison Reservoir, Garrison Diversion, inundate, inundation, flooding, pool level, pool height, water height, water level, flood height, flood level

Organizations Referenced

US Army Corps of Engineers, US Corp of Army Engineers

People Referenced

Usher Burdick

Press Release by Representative Burdick Regarding Problems with the Garrison Dam Project and other issues, July 9, 1953