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for water reclamation projects -- were absolute wastes of taxpayer money and were very
I have to go on to say another campaign that I fought hard for and lost --
Let me turn the tape over.
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-- was one of the biggest boondoggles in history. That was the creation of the
Tombigbee Canal through Alabama, connecting the Tennessee River with the Gulf of Mexico
directly. That was a huge, huge project. Who was that done by? Oh, that had to be done by
Corps of Engineers because the Bureau of Reclamation only works in the West, west of the
Mississippi. But anyway, that was a big boondoggle.
Some of these Bureau of Rec dams were big, unnecessary, special-interest boondoggles. But of
course many of these great projects -- I'm sure it's only fair to say -- were useful.
As you were writing about these issues, in a way, it seems to me that you were going
beyond what originally was kind of a local coverage, say, of the Times of Adirondacks or even a
regional coverage, different areas in the West, into bringing in conservation concerns into the
national policy realm. In other words, you're beginning to track JFK on what his national
policy was towards conservation, or asking that question. When would you date that as
having begun? Were you conscious of beginning to do that?
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