American Falls Dam, Upper Snake River Project, Idaho, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Water and Power Resources of the Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs, United States Senate, Ninety-Third Congress, First Session, May 10, 1973   [open pdf - 112MB]

This is the May 10, 1973 hearing on "American Falls Dam, Upper Snake River Project, Idaho," held before the Subcommittee on Water and Power Resources of the U.S. Senate Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs. From the opening statement of Frank Church: "The purpose of this hearing before the Water and Power Resources Subcommittee today is to take testimony on S. 1528 and S. 1529, bills to authorize the construction of a replacement for the existing American Falls Dam which is a feature of the Minidoka Reclamation project in southeastern Idaho. The American Falls Dam was constructed by the Bureau of Reclamation in 1927. A chemical reaction between the cement and the aggregate in the concrete which comprises the dam has led to gradual deterioration in the structure. The Bureau has concluded that the dam does not meet current safety standards, and severe restrictions have had to be imposed upon the amount of water which can be stored in the reservoir." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Joe Allen, Cecil D. Andrus, Dwight R. Bowen, Ben Cavaness, Howard Corless, Everett Daubner, Dale Depew, Kay Hansen, Orval Hansen, William Hauber, Alvin E. Hill, Robert A. Hogg, Russell Holm, Jack O. Horton, Wendell Johnson, Adonis Neilson, Thomas G. Nelson, Tom Olmstead, James G. Patrick, Jim Phelps, Clifford N. Scoresby, Lenard Schritter, Steven D. Symms, Ralph Wheeler, and Russell Woolley.

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