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UMPQUA HARBOR AND RIVER, OREG.
SECRETARY OF THE ARMY
TRANSMITTING TO THE
CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS
UNITED STATES SENATE
PURSUANT TO A
RESOLUTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON COMMERCE
OF WINCHESTER BAY, OREG.
PRESENTED BY MR. MALONE
MAY 5 (legislative day, MAY 4), 1948.-Referred to the Committee on Public Works and ordered to be printed, with an illustration
GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE
WASHINGTON : 1948
DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY,
Washington, D. C., April 30, 1948.
L'nited States Senate, Washington, D. C.
In accordance with section 1 of Public Law 14, Seventy-ninth Congress, the views of the State of Oregon and of the Department of the Interior are set forth in the enclosed communications.
The Bureau of the Budget advises that there is no objection to the submission of the report to Congress. Sincerely yours,
KENNETH C. ROYALL,
Secretary of the Army.
TELEGRAM FROM THE GOVERNOR OF OREGON
SALEM, OREG., April 1, 1948.
Washington, D. C.
John H. Hall, Governor.
COMMENTS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR,
Washington 25, D. C., April 19, 1948. Lt. Gen. R. A. WHEELER,
Chief of Engineers, Department of the Army. MY DEAR GENERAL WHEELER: By letter dated March 29, 1948 (file ENGWR), General Crawford transmitted for the information and comments of the Secretary of the Interior, copies of your proposed report on a review of Umpqua Harbor and River at Winchester Bay, Oreg., together with copies of reports of the Board of Engineers for Rivers and Harbors and of the district and division engineers.
Your report recommends modification of the existing navigatior. project for Umpqua River to provide for channel improvement with a mooring and turning basin in Winchester Bay, Oreg.
In the opinion of the Fish and Wildlife Service, the improvement recommended would undoubtedly increase the efficiency of the fishing fleet in the area by permitting larger vessels to use Winchester Bay as a home port. The only deleterious effect of the project on fish and wildlife would be the deposition of dredge materials on clam beds in the vicinity. It has been ascertained that this problem can be agreeably controlled during dredging operations.
I concur in the recommendations contained in your report that “prior to commencement of dredging operations in Winchester Bay that the Corps of Engineers consult with the Oregon Fish Commission and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service in order that the dredged material be disposed of in a manner which would not be inimical to bottom organisms of the region.'
Interests of agencies other than the Fish and Wildlife Service will not be adversely affected by the proposed project.
It is noted that your report has been submitted to the Director of the Bureau of the Budget in advance of receipt of the comments of the Department of the Interior under the provisions of section 1, Public Law 14, Seventy-ninth Congress. In view thereof a copy of this letter is being sent to the Director, Bureau of the Budget. Sincerely yours,
WILLIAM E. WARNE, Assistant Secretary of the Interior.