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Printed for the use of the Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs

U.S. GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE

WASHINGTON : 1964

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COMMITTEE ON INTERIOR AND INSULAR AFFAIRS

HENRY M. JACKSON, Washington, Chairman
CLINTON P. ANDERSON, New Mexico THOMAS H. KUCHEL, California
ALAN BIBLE, Nevada

GORDON ALLOTT, Colorado
FRANK CHURCH, Idaho

LEN B. JORDAN, Idaho ERNEST GRUENING, Alaska

MILWARD L. SIMPSON, Wyoming
FRANK E. MOSS, Utah

E. L. MEÇHEM, New Mexico
QUENTIN N. BURDICK, North Dakota PETER H. DOMINICK, Colorado
СА L IAYDEN, Arizona
GEORGE MCGOVERN, South Dakota
GAYLORD NELSON, Wisconsin
HERBERT S. WALTERS, Tennessee

JERRY T. VERKLER, Staff Director

STEWART FRENCH, Chief Counsel
ROY WHITACRE, Professional Staff Member

CONTENTS

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“Acreage Limitation Policy Study," resolution adopted by the Committee

on Interior and Insular Affairs -

Letter of transmittal.-

Letters of submittal and recommendations.--.

Summary of history of laws, regulations, and policies:

A. Legislation..

B. Administrative policy -

Exemptions, modifications, waivers, and special provisions:

1. Boulder Canyon project.

2. Colorado-Big Thompson project, Colorado-

3. Water conservation and utilization projects.

4. Truckee River storage project, Nevada-California.-

5. Humboldt project, Nevada..

6. San Luis Valley project, Colorado.--

7. Owl Creek unit, Missouri River Basin project, Wyoming--

8. Santa Maria project, California -

9. Excess land acquired by foreclosure, etc...

10. Washoe project, Nevada-California...-

11. Small reclamation projects---

12. East Bench unit, Missouri River Basin project, Montana.

13. Kendrick project, Wyoming

14. Lower Pio Grande rehabilitation project, Mercedes division,

Texas..

15. Seedskadee project (Colorado River storage project), Wyoming--

16. Lower Rio Grande rehabilitation project, La Feria division,

Texas.

17. Excess land held by a surviving spouse.

18. Baker project, Oregon.-

19. Columbia Basin project, Washington.-

Columbia Basin project, Washington.

Summarization of developmental trends:

1. Boulder Canyon project, All-American Canal, Imperial Irrigation

District, Calif...

2. Colorado-Big Thompson project, Colorado.

3. Water conservation and utilization projects.

4. Truckee storage project, Nevada-California.

5. Humboldt project, Nevada----

6. San Luis Valley project, Colorado--

7. Owl Creek and Missouri River Basin project, Wyoming-

8. Santa Maria project, California..

9. Excess lands acquired by foreclosure, etc..

10. Washoe project, Nevada-California---

11. Small reclamation projects -

12. East Bench unit, Missouri River Basin project, Montana-

13. Kendrick project, Wyoming-

14. Lower Rio Grande rehabilitation project, Texas, Mercedes

division..

15. Seedskadee project, Wyoming-
16. Lower Rio Grande rehabilitation project, Texas, La Feria divi-

sion.

17. Excess land held by a surviving spouse.

18. Baker project, Oregon, upper division.

19. Columbia Basin project, Washington.-

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One hundred and sixty irrigable acres as a basic limitation....

General considerations pertinent to excess lands-

Eligibility to execute recordable contract.

Present incident of disposition under recordable contracts.

Recordable contract procedures...

Considerations pertinent to purchase and resale program.

Commingling of project and nonproject water.

Ground water-pumping and recharging---

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ACREAGE LIMITATION POLICY STUDY

Be it resolved by the Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs of the Senate of the United States, That the Secretary of the Interior is hereby requested to initiate a study and on the basis of said study to make a report to the committee setting forth the history of the laws, regulations, and policies of the Federal Government respecting limitations on the delivery of water from Federal projects to lands for irrigation purposes in excess of a specified or limited number of acres in individual or family ownership.

It is requested that the report note the specific instances in which the 160-acre limitation has been modified, changed, or omitted in Federal water projects, and the value of the lands served and the type of crops grown in projects in which the limitation has been waived and in projects in which the policy has been adhered to. It is further requested that the report describe the relationships which the various land classifications and types of crops irrigated bear to the economic size of individual or family farm units under present and prospective future irrigation farming practices.

2. Be it further resolved, That the Secretary is requested to include in said report detailed statements of the advantages and disadvantages of the acreage limitation policy as presently in effect, and his recommendations for desirable change or modification, if any.

3. Be it further resolved, that the Secretary is requested to submit the study, report, and recommendations requested herein to the committee by January 31, 1963.

Adopted unanimously by the Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs in meeting assembled this 1st day of August 1962.

CLINTON P. ANDERSON, Chairman. Attest:

JERRY T. VERKLER, Chief Clerk.

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