CBS Evening News for Monday, Apr 04, 1977
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(Studio) Govs. of Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky and Tennessee go to Washington, DC to try to save Tenn.-Tombigbee Waterway project, which is on Carter's cut list.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Sullivan, Missouri) Overall look at Carter's proposed water project cuts; there are 30 in all, include those in Missouri, Arizona, California, UT, North Dakota and Georgia. 1 in Arizona would bring water from Colorado River; in California, fear is Folsom Dam is over fault in earth; Garrison Diversion Project in North Dakota, Richard Russell Dam in Georgia and UT project already partially complete. Environmentalists are main opponents; pressure from them has held up projects in Kansas, due to danger to bird refuge in Nebraska, and 1 in Louisiana for similar reasons. Some projects are in areas represented by most powerful Congmen. [Morris UDALL - cites objections to handling of matter by Carter, and conditions under which he'd help with legislature for future projects.] Project in Missouri would dam Meramec River; details noted. Some farmers have already sold land to Army Corps of Engineers and moved out; 1 is Ken Crockett, descendent of Davy Crockett. Interior Department says probably not worth it from economy, practical or environmental standpoint. Affected, if area flooded, would be world famous caves in area. Cave shown. Pressure from area is to finish project, but there's no sign Carter is backing down.
REPORTER: Don Kladstrup