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Colorado River question
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8________________________________________________________________ PRINCIPLES WHICH THE COLORADO RIVER COMMISSION OF ARIZONA PROPOSED AT THE CONFERENCE OF GOVERNORS AT DENVER, AS A BASIS FOR A SETTLEMENT OF THE COLORADO RIVER CONTROVERSY Arizona has the following proposal to offer for your consideration as the basis for the preparing of a compact between Arizona, California, and Nevada which will be supplementary and subsidiary to the Colorado River compact adopted at Santa Fe: Arizona will accept the Santa Fe compact, if and when supplemented by a subsidiary compact which will make definite and certain the protection of Arizona's interests as follows: That before regulation of the Colorado River is undertaken Mexico be formally notified that the United States Government reserves for use in the United States all water made available by storage in the United States. That any compact dividing the water of the Colorado River and its tributaries shall not impair the rights of the States under the respective water laws to control the appropriation of water within their boundaries. That the waters of the streams tributary to the Colorado River below Lees Ferry and which are inadequate to develop the irrigable lands of their own valleys be reserved to the States in which they are located. That so much of the water of the Colorado River as is physically available to the lower—basin States—but without prejudice to the rights of the upper—basin States— shall be legally available to and divided between Arizona, California, and Nevada, as follows: (A) To Nevada, 300,000 acre-feet per annum. (B) The remainder, after such deductions as may be made to care for Mexican lands allotted by treaty, shall be equally divided between Arizona and California. That the right of the States to secure revenue from and to control the development of hydro-electric power within or upon their boundaries be recognized. That encouragement will be given, subject to the above conditions, to either public or private development of the Colorado River at any site or sites harmonizing with a comprehensive plan for the maximum development of the river's irrigational and power resources. That Arizona is prepared to enter in a compact at this time to settle all the questions enumerated herein, or Arizona will agree to forego a settlement of items 6 and 7 and make a compact dividing the water alone, providing it is specified in such compact that no power plants shall be installed in the lower-basin portion of the main Colorado River until the power question is settled by a power compact among the States. MEXICO One of the questions which makes a settlement of the Colorado River controversy difficult, is the menace of Mexico. American millionaires own over a million acres of land in Mexico which can be irrigated from the Colorado River. If the land is irrigated, A MILLION ACRES OF LAND WILL REMAIN DESERT IN ARIZONA. The conference of the governors of the Colorado River Basin States at Denver, Colorado, adopted the following memorial: To the Honorable Calvin Coolidge, President of the United States of America, and The Honorable Frank B. Kellogg, Secretary of State: WHEREAS, the prosperity and growth of the Colorado River states, namely, Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming, are dependent upon present and increasing use of the waters of the Colorado river for domestic, agricultural, industrial and other beneficial purposes, and the need of many regions of these states for additional water from that source, already is extremely acute and will become increasingly so, and 8

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