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CBS Evening News for Monday, Feb 21, 1977
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(Studio) President Carter meets with cabinet today to discuss West drought. President also notifies Congress today he wants funding stopped for 19 dam projects, most in West Press Secretary Jody Powell says 1 project, Richard Russell Dam on Savannah River in Georgia inadvertently left off 1st list.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(Los Angeles, California) Report on dam projects in California and Arizona. Details with regard to Auburn Dam project in progress on California's American River, which would feed San Joaquin Valley, noted. [California Governor Edmund BROWN, Junior - says it's good dam; cites reasons it's needed.] Admin. says all 19 dam projects either not good for environment or too costly. Environmentalists have fought Auburn Dam. [Environmentalist Sharon HOYLE - notes costs for dam.] Biggest project affected by proposed cut is on Colorado River in Arizona, to carry water thru Phoenix and on to Tucson. [Arizona Governor Raul CASTRO - says cutting project would make Arizona virtual desert.] Arizona and California will lobby to get Congress to put projects back in.
REPORTER: Sharron Lovejoy

(Studio) Area affected by drought noted.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(Denver, Colorado) American Association for Advancement of Science meets in Denver, Colorado; most members go to meeting to discuss American drought. Severity of drought noted by example of one acre of wheat drying up in Nebraska may affect hunger of person in India. [Govt. weather analyst Richard FELCH - says potential impact now much greater than dust bowl days in Great Plains.] Scientists discuss methods of distributing water; some suggest moving people rather than water. [Pol. scientist Robert MIEWALD - notes John Steinbeck's description of migration from dust bowl; says people should consider what parts of country can allow them to live as they wish.] Scientists say there's not much government can do about drought.
REPORTER: Richard Threlkeld

Lovejoy, Sharron;
Mudd, Roger;
Threlkeld, Richard

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