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Water from the Colorado River
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Water Rights Under the Metropolitan Water District's contract of April 24, 1930, with the United States, the latter is require to deliver to the District each year 1,050,000 acre-feet of water of the Colorado River, subject to conditions set forth in Article VIII of the Colorado River Compact. Such contract obligates the District to receive the water to be delivered to it by the United States, and, at its own expense, to convey the same to its proposed aqueduct; also to pay monthly for all water so delivered to the District at the rate of 25c per acre-foot. This contract was made by authority of the Boulder Canyon Project Act. Careful engineering studies show that the Boulder Canyon Reservoir will salvage and impound at least 7,500,000 acre-feet per annum of water over and above that required to satisfy "present perfected rights" in all states concerned. Thus, there will be ample water available for delivery by the United States under this contract. As the result of friendly negotiations, controversy between the District and other claimants of water along the River in California, particularly as to quantities to be diverted, have largely been adjusted. Remaining questions are yielding to like methods of treatment. The District has reinforced its contract rights by proceedings under the water laws of California. The 'appropriative law of the State grants a preference to water supplies for domestic and municipal purposes. On May 17, 1931, the United States Supreme Court dismissed the action by the State of Arizona seeking to prevent the construction of a dam on the Colorado River at Boulder Canyon. Thus the Supreme Court definitely established the right of the Federal Government to regulate and control the waters of the Colorado River. Page ELEVEN

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