April 8, 1968
S1'ATDCElfr OF: Senator Mike Mansfield (D. Montana)
RE: Jetfer.on - Whitehall Unit---·------Re1chle Dam
During a Visit to Butte, Montana, on September 211 1965,
I stated, "I am not in favor ot the Reichle proposal," the •Jor
construction on the Jetterson-Wbi teball Unit be1DS atud1ed by the
Bureau ot Reclastion. 'l'he dam and reeervoir would inundate
appr<:lXi.mate~ 10 miles ot the !is Role River, one ot the few ~inins
Blue Ribbon t1sh1ng etre-. in the country. Bued on information
available to me at that time, I did not think the whole proJect would
be eoontmically Justified.
I recognize tbat the proJect being proposed by the Bureau
ot Reclallllt1on has generated a great deal of diecuaeioo and controversy.
Fis.h and wildlife enthusiasts and conaervat1oniats are very much opposed
to the project. Cities and towns and other econotlic 1otereets have
expreaaed interest and auppol"t for the construction of this proJect.
Although I etill am not convinced that Reichle Dam 11 a reaaouable
plan, I have indicated 1D recent years tbat ! do have an open mind aD4
would be perfectly willing to study carefully any tonal proposal tbat
llligbt be eubmi tted to the Congress. All proJects of this kind must be
authorized and aubaequently fUnded by the Congress. In mid•JanuarJ the
Depsrtment of the Interior announced 1 te approval tor review of thts
Bureau ot Recl.anation project, recO!IIItmding 1 ts development in western
Montana. The report on the Jefferson-Whitehall Uilit ie nov being
reviewed by the states ot the Missouri River llaain and the 1ntereated
Mike Mansfield Papers, Series 21, Box 44, Folder 29, Mansfield Library, University of Montana
statement of Senator Mansfield Page 2
Federal agencies ~ng their review and comments.
The proJect would irrigate 64,210 acres ot land in Mad180D,
JefterBOD, Silver low, Bl"'advater, aDC1 IArwia and Clark counties. 1n
11441 tion to Reichle Dam, the propo8e4 taeill ties of the development
include the or:tatream Milligan Dua aDd ReaerY01r, 2 d1veraion
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