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|Chap. 10||San Carlos irrigation project, Ariz.|
|Chap. 10||Extension authorized.|
|Chap. 10||Cost limitation.|
|Chap. 10||Repayment of project charge to U.S.|
|Chap. 10||43 Stat. 475.|
|Chap. 10||Appropriation authorized.|
Whereas the San Carlos irrigation project, Arizona, has been constructed under authority of the Act of June 7, 1924 (43 Stat. 475), as supplemented and amended; and
Whereas a contract has been executed pursuant to such legislative authority between the Secretary of the Interior and the San Carlos Irrigation and Drainage District providing for the repayment of the proper share of the cost of project irrigation works by the San Carlos Irrigation and Drainage District on behalf of project lands in private and public ownership; and
Whereas, at the beginning of the 1947 irrigation season, due to extended drought, there is virtually a complete lack of surface and reservoir water supply on the project for the irrigation of the lands of the district and the Pima Indians of the Gila River Indian Reservation, thus creating an emergency: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That there is hereby authorized to be constructed an extension of the system of wells and pumping works of the San Carlos irrigation project, including the enlargement, rehabilitation, and repair of the present pumping and drainage works of the said project, and in order to expedite and assist the accomplishment thereof, the San Carlos Irrigation and Drainage District, is hereby authorized, (1) to develop underground water within and without the area of the San Carlos irrigation project exclusively for use as a part of the common stored and pumped water supply of said project; (2) to drill irrigation wells within and without the project area necessary for making underground waters available exclusively for use on all lands of the project, and equip the same with pumping facilities and equipment, including the deepening, replacement, and repair of existing project wells and equipment; and (3) to purchase with the consent of and under agreement with the owner thereof
and to develop privately owned wells within or adjacent to the project areas, together with rights of way necessary to the operation of such wells: Provided, That the cost of the wells, exclusively for use as part of the common stored and pumped water supply of said project, equipment, and pumping works herein authorized to be constructed or acquired shall not exceed the sum of $380,000 and, within that limit, such cost shall be deemed a project charge to be distributed equally per acre over both the Indian lands and the lands in public and private ownership within the San Carlos irrigation project, and shall be repayable to the United States in accordance with existing law: Provided further, That the Secretary shall, at the earliest practicable date, enter into an agreement with the San Carlos Irrigation and Drainage District, which agreement shall describe the scope and extent of the work to be done by the district, the plans and specifications therefor, and such other provisions, in conformity herewith, as may be agreed upon between the Secretary and the district: Provided further, That the San Carlos Irrigation and Drainage District shall be reimbursed for costs expended by it in the construction and acquisition of such wells, equipment, and pumping works; and the Secretary is hereby authorized to make such reimbursement: First, by releasing the district from the payment of construction charges due the United States annually by the district under the repayment contract executed pursuant to said Act of June 7, 1924, as amended, as such charges become due and payable, until the amount of the payments so released shall equal the total amount of the funds certified Under oath by the district as having been expended by it for the construction and acquisition of wells and equipment under the terms of the agreement provided for herein, the first of such annual payments so to be released by the Secretary being that due from the district on December 1, 1947; or second, by paying to the district the full amount of the funds so certified as expended by it in the work authorized to be done, or any balance thereof not otherwise paid as hereinabove provided, out of appropriations hereafter made by Congress for this purpose; and there is hereby authoized to be appropriated, out of any funds in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, the sum of $380,000, or so much thereof as may be necessary, to carry out the purposes of this joint resolution.
Approved, March 7, 1947.