National Affairs: Boulder Dam

Whether or not it is ever built to dam water, the proposed 675-ft. Federal power and irrigation dam in the Boulder Canyon of the Colorado River has already backed up an enormous supply of attention, irrigated the U. S. with rushing streams of propaganda and oratory, generated powerful currents of controversy. The purposes for which the actual dam is proposed are:

1) To provide a water supply for Arizona and Utah farmers and for California suburbanites (Los Angeles).

2) To furnish electricity to the seven Colorado Basin States (Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming).

3) To protect from floods the inhabitants of...