EXCERPTS FRO! I:
E. TATK :Ei.JT OF SE!IATOR hiKE ; iA r!S ii~ (D . liOi~TAHA)
DE ARTHEl!T OF I NTI:RIOR A!ID RELATED AtiEllCIES APPR01'RIATIONS BILL 1958
J.1r, Chairman, it is with a great deal of pleasure that I come befor~; your
Sucrcommittee in behalf of the Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill
Hhich is so vital to the State of Nontana ,
This appropriations bill is probably one of the most important to my constit-uents
because it contains funds for the Bureau of Land Management, ~linerals Program,
Indian education and \•Jelfare, National Park Service, Fi sh & \.Jildlife and the Forest
Service . Because of the vast 11ealth of natural resources, the varied topography of
the State in addition to a sparse population the programs of this Department and
these Agencies have great bearing on the economic Hel fare and development of
the State ,
This morning I ~10uld like to dis cuss several appropriation i terns and then have
the remainder of my remarks inserted in the printed record of this hearing ,
Benton Lake \Tildlife Refuge
I am taking this oppor tttnity t o make an appeal for funds in behalf of funds
for what can easily be the mos t productive and useful units in the entire National
\Jildlife Refuge Program. I speak of the Benton Lake National Hildlife Refuge in
11ontana, At the present time the lake receives vJater nat urally at extremely rare
intervals and under these conditions the refuge has already proven itself a record-breaking
duck producing area.
The refuge is already set up but t he l ake is filled only one year in every
twenty. Planning for the orderly development and full utilization of the Benton
Lake National l·.fi ldlife Hefuge i s no\.J complete for providing an adequate \vater
I want to stress the im··ortance of this project and ask that (/ 90,000 be i nclud-e-
d in the appropriations for the Fish & \Jildlife Service . These funds 1vould provide
for the start of engineering and construction in fiscal year 1958 .
As you know these funds were not included in the budget requests now being
considered by t he Committee . I am advised that the Interior Department did not
include this sum in their budget because at the time the budg~t was submitted to
Congress clearing of easements and rights - of-11ay had not been compl eted , HcrHever,
by letter of Narch 13 , 1957, the Fish and Wi l dlife Service advised Congressman
LeRoy Anderson that the revie\v of the land and water records indicated that all
legal obs t acles had been cleared that they could go ahead with the project as
rapidly as funds permit.
Enabling legislation authorizing acquisi t ion of right-of .vay needed to deliv-er
vJater f rom t he Hor ks of the Greenfield Irrigation District already has been enact-eEl.
by the Hontana Legislature .
Mike Mansfield Papers, Series 21, Box 39, Folder 25, Mansfield Library, University of Montana
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