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Missouri River Basin: Letter from the Secretary of War Transmitting a Letter from the Chief of Engineers, United States Army, Dated December 31, 1943, Submitting a Report Together with Accompanying Papers and Illustrations, on a Review of Reports on the Missouri River, for Flood Control Along the Main Stem from Sioux City, Iowa, to the Mouth, Required by a Resolution of the Committee on Flood Control, House of Representatives, Adopted on May 13, 1943
Henry L. Stimson
Army Corps of Engineers, War Department
78th Congress, 2d Session
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This letter submitted by the United States (US) Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson, dated March 2, 1944, contains a recommendation report that presents a flood control plan for the Missouri River Basin along with correspondences regarding that report. The recommendation for flood control is known as the “Pick Plan” named after its author, Colonel Lewis A. Pick. The plan includes considerations for irrigation, recreation, navigation, wildlife, power, and municipal use. The Pick Plan eventually reached a compromise with a competing flood control plan known as the “Sloan Plan.” The “Pick-Sloan” plan became US public law on December 22, 1944 through the passing of the Flood Control Act of 1944, known formally as, “Authorizing Construction of Certain Public Works on Rivers and Harbors for Flood Control, and for Other Purposes” or US Public Law 78-534.
Correspondences contained in this document include those from the Office of the President, the US Bureau of the Budget, the US War Department, the US Department of the Interior, the US Bureau of Reclamation, the US Federal Power Commission, the US Department of Agriculture, and the US Army Corps of Engineers. This document contains tables and maps.
Mandan Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation, Mandan, Nueta, Hidatsa, Arikara, Sahnish, Missouri River Basin, Garrison Dam, Garrison Reservoir, Pick Plan, Sloan Plan, Pick-Sloan Plan, flood control, irrigation, Flood Control Act of 1944
US Bureau of the Budget, US War Department, US Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, US Federal Power Commission, US Department of Agriculture, US Army Corps of Engineers
Henry L. Stimson, Leland Olds, Harold D. Smith, E. Reybold, H.W. Bashore, Thomas M. Robins, E.H. Wiecking, John J. Kingman, Lewis A. Pick
Government Printing Office
US Congress, House. Army Corps of Engineers and War Department. Missouri River Basin: Letter from the Secretary of War Transmitting a Letter from the Chief of Engineers, United States Army, Dated December 31, 1943, Submitting a Report Together with Accompanying Papers and Illustrations, on a Review of Reports on the Missouri River, for Flood Control Along the Main Stem from Sioux City, Iowa, to the Mouth, Required by a Resolution of the Committee on Flood Control, House of Representatives, Adopted on May 13, 1943. 87th Cong., 2d sess., H. Doc. 475. March 2, 1944. https://commons.und.edu/indigenous-gov-docs/105/.
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