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BILLS, LAWS, AND OFFICIAL REPORTS.
Report of the International Waterways Commission, May 3, 1906, upon
Mr. H. D. Pixley, of Carson-Pirie-Scott & Co., Chicago.
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List of shippers who testified before the special committee of the Senate
ILLINOIS AND MISSISSIPPI RIVERS, AND DIVISION OF
WATER FROM LAKE MICHIGAN.
COMMITTEE ON RIVERS AND HARBORS,
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
Monday, March 17, 1924. The committee this day met, Hon. S. Wallace Dempsey (chairman) presiding
The CHAIRMAN. Mr. Hull, you have introduced a bill on the subject which the committee is considering this morning, H.R. 5175, for the improvement of commerce and navigation and to authorize appropriations for the construction of certain public works in the Illinois River, and for other purposes.
The bill reads as follws:
[H. R. 5475, Sixty-eighth Congress, first session.) A BILL For the improvement of commercr and navigation and to authorize appropria
tions for the construction of certain public works in the Illinois River, and for other purposes.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatires of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That in order to create a navigable waterway nine feet in depth in the Illinois River, suitable and sufficient to carry the commerce of the Great Lakes and the Mississippi Valley through the State of Illinois, the same to extend from Lake Michigan at Chicago, Illinois, to a connection with a nine-foot channel in the Mississippi River at or below the point where the Illinois River discharges its waters into the Mississippi River, the Secretary of War is hereby authorized and directed to improve the Illinois River from the terminus of the Illinois waterway at or near Utica, Illinois, to its contiuence with the Mississippi River, so as to provide therein a navigable channel of nine fret in repth and of a width of not less than two hundred feet such improvement being baseri upon an increment of not exceeding ten thousand cubic feet per second of water from Lake Michigan through the main channel of the Sanitary District of Chicago and the Illinois waterway, and to include the removal of all thereof or part of the locks and dams heretofore constructed hy the Federal Government in the Illinois River at La Grange and Kampsville, Illinois, and also the removal of all thereof or part of the locks and dams heretofore constructed in said river by the State of Illinois at Henry and Copperas Creek: Provided, That the said State of Illinois will (as authorized by an act of the general assembly of said State, approved June 21, 1919) convey to the United States its full rights and title to the said locks and dams at Henry and Copperas Creek, to permit the removal of such parts as may be deemed unnecessary by the said Secretary of War and the Chief of Engineers of the United States Army.
SEC. 2. There is authorized to be appropriated, out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, the sum of $5,700,000, to be expended under the direction of the Secretary of War and the supervision of the Chief of Engineers, for the removal of such parts of said dams and such parts of said locks as may be necessary and for the construction of said nine-foot navigable channel from the terminus of the Illinois waterway at, or near, l'tica, Illinois, to connect with the nine-foot channel in the Mississippi River at, or below, the mouth of the Illinois River. All other Federal projects for the improvement of the Illinois River between the last referred to points are hereby modified to conform to the provisions of this act.
Sec. 3. The State of Illinois is hereby authorized, at its sole cost and expense, to improve the Des Plaines and Illinois Rivers from the terminus of the main channel of the Sanitary District of Chicago at Lockport, Illinois, to a connection at, or near, Utica, Illinois, with the Federal improvements above authorized, and to construct such channels, locks, dams, and other improvements as will secure, based on increment of ten thousand cubic feet of water per second, through the said main channel of said sanitary district, a navigable channel of a depth of not less than nine feet of water, with a minimum depth of fourteen feet on all miter sills of all locks constructed by it, as a part of such improvement, and is further authorized to modify its plans for the Illinois waterway, heretofore submitted to and approved by the Secretary of War and Chief of Engineers, so far as may be necessary to conform to the general scheme for a nine-foot waterway: Provided, That work done in pursuance of said plans shall be subject at all times to the inspection and approval of said Chief of Engineers and Secretary of War.
SEC. 4. The State of Illinois and the Sanitary District of Chicago (a municipal corporation organized under the laws of the State of Illinois, owning and operating certain canals which are navigable channels of adequate depth, connecting through navigable waterways with Lake Michigan) are hereby authorized, jointly and/or severally, to construct at their own expense, and without cost to the United States, at or near the present terminus of the main channel of said the Sanitary District of Chicago, at or near Lockport, Illinois, a suitable lock connecting said Sanitary District channel with the Illinois waterway; said lock to be of a minimum width of not less than one hundred and ten feet, a minimum usable length of not less than six hundred feet, the minimum depth on miter sills of said lock to be not less than fourteen feet, and said the Sanitary District of Chicago, or its legal successors, is hereby authorized to withdraw from Lake Michigan, through the Chicago and Calumet Rivers and through artificial channels which have been heretofore or may hereafter be constructed and to discharge same into said Illinois Waterway; an amount not to exceed an average of ten thousand cubic feet of water per second per day.
SEC. 5. The amount of water hereby authorized to be withdrawn shall be inclusive of and not in addition to the amount of water which has been heretofore or is now being withdrawn from Lake Michigan by the said Sanitary District of Chicago, for the purpose of diverting sewage and drainage from Lake Michigan, and keeping the waters at the south end of said lake free from pollution.
The conditions upon which said withdrawal of water by the Sanitary District of Chicago from Lake Michigan, i. e. hereby authorized, are as follow's:
(a) That said the Sanitary District of Chicago shall pay into the Treasury of the United States, as and when directed by the Secretary of War, such sum or sums of money as may be estimated by the said Chief of Engineers as hereinafter provided to be its reasonable share of the cost of constructing, com pensating, and/or regulating works in the Saint Clair River and/or in the Niagara River and/or in the Saint Lawrence River at or above Rapide Plat, to compensate and control the water levels in said Great Lakes and their appurtenant rivers, as full and complete compensation for any lowering of water levels of the Great Lakes systems resulting, or to result, from such withdrawal at Chicago.
The said Chief of Engineers shall cause to be prepared, within eighteen months from the passage of this act, at the cost of said the Sanitary District of Chicago, plans and specifications for, and an estimate of the reasonable cost of constructing such compensating and/or regulating works. Such plans, specifications, and estimated cost shall be subject to the approval of the Secretary of War.
Such works shall be designed and built as speedily as is practicable under the direction of the Secretary of War, or jointly by the United States and the Dominion of Canada, and the money furnished by the Sanitary District of Chicago, as hereinbefore provided, shall equal the total cost of such work and shall be applied and used in payment for the same.
The said the Sanitary District of Chicago, and/or any other agency upon which the functions now performed by said the Sanitary District of Chicago may hereafter devolve, is hereby prohibited from withdrawing from Lake Michigan a greater average amount of water than is above specified, regardless of any increase in the population of said the Sanitary District of Chicago.