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Blunt Reservoir and Pierre Canal Land Conveyance Act of 2006

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BLUNT RESERVOIR AND PIERRE CANAL LAND CONVEYANCE ACT OF 2006 -- (House of Representatives - July 24, 2006)

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Mr. WALDEN of Oregon. I yield myself such time as I may consume.

H.R. 4301, sponsored by Congresswoman STEPHANIE HERSETH, brings much needed closure and justice for a number of landowners who have been negatively impacted by a South Dakota irrigation project that never materialized. To complete the irrigation project, the Federal Government acquired over 19,000 acres from local landowners. Many of these lands were obtained by condemnation. Despite all this hardship, the project was never completed, but the Federal Government has retained ownership to the lands for the last 30 years.

This bill simply gives many of the landowners options to buy the land back and gives some of the land to the State of South Dakota to benefit fish and wildlife. The legislation also formally deauthorizes that irrigation project.

This bill is a culmination of many years of hard work among various interests. It not only provides fairness to local landowners and the county government, but it also improves the environment. I commend the South Dakota delegation for their hard work and urge my colleagues to support this most important, balanced and fair legislation.

Madam Speaker, I reserve the balance of my time.

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Mr. WALDEN of Oregon. Madam Speaker, I urge my colleagues to support this important legislation, and I yield back the balance of my time.

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