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SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE
·S. Congress Nat. COMMITTEE ON
GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS, Consewatu.
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
JUNE 9 AND 10, 1971
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COMMITTEE ON GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS
JACK BROOKS, Texas
CHET HOLIFIELD, California, Chairman
L. H. FOUNTAIN, North Carolina
BENJAMIN S. ROSENTHAL, New York
FERNAND J. ST GERMAIN, Rhode Island
FLOYD V. HICKS, Washington
JOHN CONYERS, JR., Michigan
FLORENCE P. DWYER, New Jersey
PAUL N. MCCLOSKEY, JR., California
GARRY BROWN, Michigan
BARRY M. GOLDWATER, JR., California J. KENNETH ROBINSON, Virginia WALTER E. POWELL, Ohio
CHARLES THONE, Nebraska
HERBERT ROBACK, Staff Director
MILES Q. ROMNEY, Associate General Counsel
WILLIAM H. COPENHAVER, Minority Professional Staff
CONSERVATION AND NATURAL RESOURCES SUBCOMMITTEE
HENRY S. REUSS, Wisconsin, Chairman
Crockford, Jack, assistant director, Georgia Game and Fish Com-
Gettinger, George D., executive director, Wabash Valley Interstate
Warvel, Harold, assistant director, Tennessee Game and Fish Com-
tional Association of Conservation Districts, re report on the Soil
Subjects of possible investigation relative to the Watershed Pro-
Letters, statements, etc., submitted for the record by-Continued
1297 Turcotte, W. H., chief of Game and Fisheries Division, Mississippi
Game and Fish Commission: Sundry attachments (I-VÍI) re stream
1290 Unchanneled stream in Crow Creek watershed project, Tennessee, illustration..
(Appendixes 10–13 appear in part 2 of these hearings) Appendix 14.—Communications from State agencies -
1385 Appendix 15.- Watershed projects involving channelization work-approved and pending
1621 Appendix 16.–Additional communications relating to stream channelization.
1799 Appendix 17.-Correspondence relating to the Alcovy channelization project, Georgia...
1903 Appendix 18.-Statements of the Water Resources Council.
1937 Appendix 19.-U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Circular 39: “Wetlands of the United States," 1956 ..
1987 Appendix 20.-Stream channelization: 1971 amendment to Agriculture Appropriations Act for fiscal year 1972.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 9, 1971
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
Washington, D.C. The subcommittee met, at 10a.m., in room 2247, Rayburn House Office Building, Hon. Henry S. Reuss (chairman of the subcommittee) presiding.
Present: Representatives Henry S. Reuss, Gilbert Gude, Paul N. McCloskey, Jr., Sam Steiger, and John E. Moss.
Staff members present: Phineas Indritz, chief counsel; David B. Finnegan, assistant counsel; Michael B. Gross, legal assistant; and J. P. Carlson, minority counsel, Committee on Government Operations.
Mr. Reuss. The subcommittee will come to order.
Today we resume hearings concerning the dredging, modification, and channelization of waterways conducted or financed by the Soil Conservation Service, Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation, and other Federal agencies.
Last week Assistant Secretary of the Interior Nathaniel Reed testified that “a complete review of all river and stream channelization projects should be initiated.” In connection with this review, the Assistant Secretary said that he "would support” a moratorium on stream channelization projects of the Soil Conservation Service while such a study was going on, “because,” he said, "it would give us all time to come up with a reflective policy and not substantially damage any projects contemplated."
Mr. Reed testified that the facts show that extensive channelization is not sound.
Earlier, a dozen national conservation organizations, which testified before our subcommittee, all recommended that the stream channelization programs of the Department of Agriculture be halted until they have been reviewed and their effects on the environment reevaluated.
The Executive Director of the Water Resources Council, Mr. W. Don Maughan, told us last week that channelization "is such a controversial issue" that "a study should be made" and that his agency had the expertise to do such a study. He also told us that the Council staff had recommended a 2-year moratorium on channelization projects with some limited exceptions. Although the Department of Agriculture is a member of the Council, its agency, the Soil Conservation Service, testified against such a moratorium.