Whenever said secretary of the interior or other duly authorized officer of the United
States shall cause to be let a contract for the construction of any irrigation works
or any works for the storage of water for use in irrigation, or any portion or section
thereof, for which the withdrawal has been effected as provided in RCW 90.40.030, any authorized officer of the United States, either in the name of the United States
or in such name as may be determined by the secretary of the interior, may appropriate,
in behalf of the United States, so much of the unappropriated waters of the state
as may be required for the project, or projects, for which water has been withdrawn
or reserved under RCW 90.40.030, including any and all divisions thereof, theretofore constructed, in whole or in
part, by the United States or proposed to be thereafter constructed by the United
States, such appropriation to be made, maintained and perfected in the same manner
and to the same extent as though such appropriation had been made by a private person,
corporation or association, except that the date of priority as to all rights under
such appropriation in behalf of the United States shall relate back to the date of
the first withdrawal or reservation of the waters so appropriated, and in case of
filings on water previously withdrawn under RCW 90.40.030, no payment of fees will be required. Such appropriation by or on behalf of the United States shall inure to the United
States, and its successors in interest, in the same manner and to the same extent
as though said appropriation had been made by a private person, corporation or association.
The title to the beds and shores of any navigable lake or stream utilized by the construction
of any reservoir or other irrigation works created or constructed as a part of such
appropriation hereinbefore in this section provided for, shall vest in the United
States to the extent necessary for the maintenance, operation and control of such
reservoir or other irrigation works.
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