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________________________________________________________________11 which seemed to them, in the light of the evidence which had been presented at the hearings, as fair and reasonable. This proposal, in substance, was as follows: 1. Of the 7,500,000 acre feet annually which, under the terms of the Colorado River Compact, the upper states are required to permit to flow past Lee Ferry— To California..................................................................4,137,500 To Nevada................................................_______________................ 300,000 To Arizona..................... 3,062,500 7,500,000 Out of which California would take care of her present perfected rights, amounting to approximately 2,000,000 acre-feet; and Arizona would take care of her present perfected right, amounting to approximately 925,000 acre-feet, including 675,000 acre-feet for Indian land developed and undeveloped. 2. Each state to have such of the waters of its tributaries entering the river below Lee Ferry, as could be diverted from the tributaries before entering the main stream. The extra one million acre-feet allotted to the lower basin by the Colorado River compact to be considered as part of the tributary waters going to Arizona. Tributary waters entering the main stream above Laguna to be considered part of the main stream and divided equally between California and Arizona. This was virtually a recognition of the justice of Arizona's claim for her tributary waters and a 50-50 division of the waters of the main stream, but, as a compromise measure, reduced the Arizona share from 3,600,000 acre-feet to 3,062,500 and gave the difference to California. Arizona accepted the proposal in principle, while insisting upon the use of language which would remove all doubt as to her tributaries being relieved of the burden of supplying any water that might hereafter be allotted to Mexico, and upon the insertion of a clause giving to the states of California and Arizona the right to use, without prejudice to the upper states, the unallotted water in the main stream of the Colorado, and to divide such waters on a 50-50 basis. California rejected the proposal in toto. An Amended Proposal Several drafts were subsequently made of the Governor's proposal, and a number of notes were exchanged between the Governors and the representatives of the lower basin states. On August 30 the Governors submitted their final proposal, making further concessions to California, in the following form: Suggested Basis of Division The Governors of the States of the Upper Division of the Colorado River System, suggest the following as a fair apportionment of water between the States of the Lower Division, subject and subordinate to the provisions of the Colorado River Compact: 1. Of the average annual delivery of water to be provided by the States of the Upper Division at Lee Ferry under the terms of the Colorado River Compact: (a) To the State of Nevada, 300,000 acre feet. (b) To the State of Arizona, 3,000,000 acre feet. (c) To the State of California, 4,200,000 acre feet. 2. To Arizona, in addition to water apportioned in subdivision (b) 1,000,000 acre feet of water to be supplied from the tributaries of the Colorado River flowing in said State, and to be diverted from said tributaries before the same empty into the main stream. Said 1,000,000 acre feet shall not be subject to diminution by reason of any treaty with the United States of Mexico, except in such proportion as the said 1,000,000 acre feet shall bear to the entire apportionment in (1) and (2) of 8,500,000 acre feet. 3. As to all water of the tributaries of the Colorado River emptying into the River below Lee Ferry not apportioned in paragraph (2) each of the States of the Lower Basin shall have the exclusive beneficial consumptive use of such tributaries within its boundaries before the same empty into the main streams, provided, the

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