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UMPQUA HARBOR AND RIVER, OREG.

LETTER

FROM THE

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
ADOPTED SEPTEMBER 28, 1945, A REVIEW OF
REPORTS ON UMPQUA HARBOR AND RIVER,
OREG., AND FURTHER IMPROVEMENT

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

UNITED STATES

GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE

WASHINGTON : 1948

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DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY,

Washington, D. C., April 30, 1948.
Hon. CHAPMAN REVERCOMB,
Chairman, Committee on Public Works.

L'nited States Senate, Washington, D. C.
DEAR SENATOR REVERCOMB: I am transmitting herewith a report
dated March 26, 1948 from the Chief of Engineers, United States
Army, together with accompanying papers and an illustration on a
review of reports on Umpqua Harbor and River, Oreg., with a view
to providing for further improvement of Winchester Bay, Oreg.
This investigation was requested by a resolution of the Committee on
Commerce, United States Senate, adopted on September 28, 1945.

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.
CHIEF OF ENGINEERS,
Corps of Engineers, Department of the Army,

Washington, D. C.
Review report on Umpqua River and Harbor at Winchester Bay,
Oreg., has been studied and approval of recommendations of division
and district engineers, Portland, is given from State level. Under-
stand early action is desired and am therefore conveying approval
by telegram so that report can be submitted to Congress promptly.

John H. Hall, Governor.

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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.

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