Irrigation District Act of 1916 (Smith Act)
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|Long title||An Act to promote the reclamation of arid lands.|
|Nicknames||Reclamation and Irrigation Act of 1916|
|Enacted by||the 64th United States Congress|
|Effective||August 11, 1916|
|Statutes at Large||39 Stat. 506a|
|Titles amended||43 U.S.C.: Public Lands|
|U.S.C. sections created||43 U.S.C. ch. 13 § 621 et seq.|
The Irrigation District Act of 1916 ('Irrigation Smith Act) authorized the federal government to serve as the guarantor of debt obligations entered into by local governments to finance the acquisition, extension, or operation of irrigation, drainage, and flood control projects or to develop power generation facilities or water resources.
It was sponsored by Senator Hoke Smith, Democrat of Georgia, a former Secretary of the Interior.
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