NBC Evening News for Monday, Feb 21, 1977
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(Studio) President Carter proposes cutting off funds to 19 water projects, some in West states which desperately need water now; Carter proposes review and evaluation of projects.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(Phoenix, Arizona) Biggest cut would be to central Arizona Project (CAP); is plan to bring water from Colorado River to Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona. [Arizona Governor Raul CASTRO - says he'll send telegram to Carter; that cutoff of funds would make Arizona into desert.] Comments of Senator Barry Goldwater with regard to cutoffs noted.
REPORTER: Ron Talley (KTAR-TV, Phoenix)
(Sacramento, California) Report on Auburn Dam in California. Questions have been raised with regard to dam's ability to withstand earthquakes, but need for it to bring water to 1 of most fertile places in cntry., San Joaquin Valley, is great. Governor Jerry Brown spoke with Interior Secretary Cecil Andrus. [BROWN - says he told Andrus if dam seismically safe, California wants it. Cites Andrus' comments.] California Congress say they'll fight to keep money in budget.
REPORTER: Rick Davis (KCRA-TV tape, Sacramento)
(Studio) Press Secretary Jody Powell says White House informed congress members re: proposed water project cutoffs. Some members feel otherwise.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(DC) Representative Morris Udall says he wasn't informed of cuts. [UDALL - says he learned through newsman and he's not happy with way it was handled.] House Republican leader John Rhodes says he'll join Democrats in attempt to halt dam construction cutoffs. [RHODES - says he can't believe men who've been in office less than 1 month could decide projects environmentally unsound.] Previously, occasional President-Congress break in relations blamed on inexperience of Carter advisers; now many Congmen. blame President
REPORTER: John Cochran
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