CBS Evening News for Friday, Oct 13, 1978
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(Studio) Carter administration announcement of plans to appointed commission to investigate Great Kickapoo Loggerhead reported Waiting for action by residents of Kickapoo Valley in Wisconsin through terms of President Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon and Ford noted.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(La Farge, WI) Background of situation since 1935 in Kickapoo Valley, plagued by flooding, given; government purchase of area residents' land for flood control project and congress refusal to fund it to completion in intervening years reported [Resident Ward ROSE - spent nights unable to sleep for anger at government] Film shown. Pol. support for project noted decrd. after University of Wisconsin study showed Kickapoo water quality would be less if project completed. [Botanist Grant COTTAM - says water would be covered with opaque scum.] [Army Corps of Engineers spokesperson Colonel Forrest GAY - says state kept wanting things added to project. States cost estimate increases] Exodus from area because of land purchases by government described. ["La Farge (WI) Epitaph" publisher Lonnie MULLER - says families would love to move back, but can't get land back.] View of residents reported [Bernice SCHROEDER - says government created more problems than those it sought to solve.]
REPORTER: Bob Faw