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(APPENDIX 17]

THE STATUTES AUTHORIZING THE COLORADO RIVER COMPACT

ACT OF AUGUST 19, 1921 (42 STAT. 171)

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THE ACT OF CONGRESS AUTHORIZING THE COLORADO

RIVER COMPACT

An act to permit a compact or agreement between the States of Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming, respecting the disposition and apportionment of the waters of the Colorado River, and for other purposes. (Act August 19, 1921, ch. 72, 42 Stat. 171.)

(Sec. 1. Preamble-Apportionment of waters-Federal representative to be appointed—Expenses-Approval.)— Whereas the Colorado River and its several tributaries rise within and flow through or from the boundaries between the States of Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming; and

Whereas, the territory included within the drainage area of the said stream and its tributaries is largely arid and in small part irrigated, and the present and future development necessities and general welfare of each of said States and of the United States require the further use of the waters of said streams for irrigation and other beneficial purposes, and that future litigation and conflict respecting the use and distribution of said waters should be avoided and settled by compact between said States; and

Whereas, the said States, by appropriate legislation, have authorized the governors thereof to appoint commissioners to represent said States for the purpose of entering into a compact or agreement between said States respecting the future utilization and disposition of the waters of the Colorado River and of the streams tributary thereto; and

Whereas, the governors of said several States have named and appointed their respective commissioners for the purposes aforesaid, and have presented their resolution to the President of the United States requesting the appointment of a representative on behalf of the United States to participate in said negotiations and to represent the interests of the United States: Now, therefore,

Be it enacted by the Sena'e and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That consent of Congress is hereby given to the States of Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming to negotiate and enter into a compact or agreement not later than January 1, 1923, providing for an equitable division and apportionment among said States of the water supply of the Colorado River and of the streams tributary thereto, upon condition that a suitable person, who shall be appointed by the President of the United States, shall participate in said negotiations, as the representative of and for the protection of the interests of the United States, and shall make report to Congress of the proceedings and of any compact or agreement entered into, and the sum of $10,000, or so much thereof as may be necessary, is hereby authorized to be appropriated to pay the salary and expenses of the representative of the United States appointed hereunder: Provided, That any such compact or agreement shall not be binding or obligatory upon any of the parties thereto unless and until the same shall have been approved by the legislature of each of said States and by the Congress of the United States. (42 Stat. 171.)

Sec. 2. (Right to amend reserved.]—That the right to alter, amend, or repeal this act is herewith expressly reserved. (42 Stat. 172.)

The citations to the various Statutes authorizing and ratifying the Colorado River compact are as follows:

AUTHORIZED

ARIZONA: Act of March 5, 1921; Arizona Session Laws 1921, chapter

46, page 53. CALIFORNIA: Act of May 12, 1921; Statutes of California, 1921,

chapter 88, pages 85, 86. See also Laws of 1925, chapter 33. COLORADO: Act of April 2, 1921; Laws of Colorado, 1921, chapter

246, pages 811-815. NEVADA: Act of March 21, 1921; Laws of Nevada, 1920–21, chapter

115, pages 190, 191. New Mexico: Act of March 11, 1921; Laws of New Mexico, 1921,

chapter 121, pages 217-220. Utah: Act of March 14, 1921; Laws of Utah, 1919–1921, chapter 68, WYOMING: Act of February 22, 1921; Laws of Wyoming, 1921;

chapter 120, pages 166, 167. UNITED STATES: Act of August 19, 1921 (42 Stat. 171).

page 184.

RATIFIED

ARIZONA:
CALIFORNIA: Act of January 10, 1929; Statutes of California, 1929;

chapter 1, as supplemented March 4, 1929, chapter 15, 16.

See Statutes of_1925, chapter 33. COLORADO: Act of February 26, 1925; Session Laws of 1925, chapter

177. NEVADA: Act of March 18, 1925; Statutes of 1925, chapter 96. NEW MEXICO: Act of March 17, 1925; Laws of 1925, chapter 78. Utah: Laws of Utah, 1923, chapter 5; act of February 26, 1927;

act of March 6, 1929, Laws of 1929, chapter 31. WYOMING: Act of February 25, 1925; Session Laws of 1925, chapter

82. UNITED STATES: Act of December 21, 1928. (45 Stat. 1057–1066),

ratifies compact and authorizes various other agreements between States.

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THE COLORADO RIVER COMPACT

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