ERIC Number: ED124348
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: N/A
Will the Family Farm Survive in America? Part 1: Federal Reclamation Policy (Westlands Water District). Joint Hearings Before the Select Committee on Small Business and the Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs, U.S. Senate, 94th Congress, 1st Session (July 17 and 22, 1975).
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Senate Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs.
The national reclamation program was to encourage people to settle on the land, to enable them to own the land they farmed, and to spread the benefit of subsidized irrigation water to as many independent farm families as possible. The San Luis Unit of the Central Valley Project, the largest pumped water diversion and water storage project, was built largely to deliver water to the Westlands Water District, the largest single contractor for federally provided and subsidized water anywhere. This federally provided water has made the Westlands area one of the most richly productive agricultural areas in the country. In 1973, the gross value of farm produce in the Westlands District was $167 million, and the distribution system so far is delivering water only to part of the District. Yet, total Federal cost of the San Luis Unit, plus the cost of the huge water distribution and drainage system being built by the Federal government in the District itself, will amount to over one-half billion dollars. These joint hearings reexamined the Westlands Water District and the Federal expenditures that have been made there and reviewed how well, how effectively, and how fully the mandates of Congress were carried out. Among the witnesses were representatives of the National Farmers Union, National Land for People, United Farm Workers (AFL-CIO), the U.S. Department of the Interior, and Westlands Water District. (NQ)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
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Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Senate Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs.