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Water Projects / South Dakota #251048

CBS Evening News for Monday, Mar 21, 1977
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(Studio) President Carter's cut of 19 water projects has caused trouble in Congress and affected areas, but wins approval from some in SD.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Aberdeen, SD) Carter budget cut with regard to water projects means abandonment of planned irrigation system from Oahe Dam in Missouri River basin eastern to dry land on farms and in towns. But farmers in area claim it would disrupt way of farming and don't want irrigation. [United Family Farmers spokesperson George PIPER - says with irrigation successful dry land farming would be out and type people unfamiliar with would be brought in. ] Other objections to project noted. John Sieh and others were elected to Oahe Conservancy Board, which would control finished project, because opposition so high; now Sieh and friends control board of project they don't want. [SIEH - says SD farmers now have to survive government] Bus. community Congmen., governor and some farmers from South Dakota want project money in budget. [Governor Richard KNEIP - says biggest single benefit would be higher agriculture income.] If Congress puts money back in budget, opposing farmers say they'll fight it.
REPORTER: Betty Ann Bowser

Bowser, Betty Ann;
Cronkite, Walter

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