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Carter / Water Projects #493154

NBC Evening News for Friday, Apr 15, 1977
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(Studio) President has finished review of water projects he had requested cut. Indications are for compromise on some projects. 1 representing problem is Richard Russell Dam in South Carolina and Georgia.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(No location given) Dam to span Savannah River; Carter signed bill for construction as Georgia governor, but it was on his 1st hit list as President South Carolina and Georgia Senators are determined to keep project, as is "Elberton" (Georgia) "Star" newspaper editor Robert Williford. [WILLIFORD - cites support of dam.] Carter may know Congress will build it anyway; he sent letter to Elberton's Judge Payton Hawes, a dam booster, telling Hawes dam would inevitably be built. [HAWES - believes Carter.] [WILLIFORD - believes Carter will treat them same as everyone else.] [Georgia Senator Herman TALMADGE - says Congress has already authorized all projects requested cut, and believes they'll all be funded.] Now administration looks for compromises, so defeat on water projects won't be total.
REPORTER: John Hart

(Studio) Word leaked today with regard to continuation of part or all of some projects incling.: Tennessee-Tombigbee in Mississippi, favored by John Stennis; Red River waterway in LA, favored by Russell Long; project in c. Arizona; and part of Garrison Diversion project in North Dakota. There'll be no money for California Auburn project.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Reporter(s):
Chancellor, John;
Hart, John
Duration:
00:03:20

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