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- Partial proceedings of Conference of Governors, Commissioners and advisors of the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming, on the Colorado River
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- 10 SEVEN STATES CONFERENCE as good neighbors we should help the Imperial valley to get flood control, silt elimination, a stabilized water supply and freedom from friction with Mexico. For selfish reasons we want Los Angeles to have an ample supply of domestic water, so that she may continue her present phenomenal rate of growth and thereby demand more Utah products. None of her legitimate wants can be supplied without a storage reservoir on the Colorado river. California has exhausted her own natural resource in the Colorado river, for she is using the entire natural low water flow of the stream and has no damsite wholly on her own soil where she can store flood water. She needs some of the flood water that is now running to waste, and the only way she can get an ample supply is by a storage reservoir built in other states. And of course the rest of the states in the basin cannot afford to give her the storage she wants unless she first agrees by compact to limit herself to a fair share of the flood water and not appropriate the whole river. Our problem is to enable California to get her desired pro rata without sacrificing our own chances for future growth and development and the well-being of our people. We must fairly protect ourselves before we protect our neighbors. The upper states are alive to the danger of permitting development on the river that will result in a regulated and continuous flow to Mexico in advance of adopting some means that will define and limit Mexico's rights. Mexico certainly should never be permitted to acquire rights to any of our storage water.
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