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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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- 20 SEVEN STATES CONFERENCE the consequent right to use or dispose of any portion thereof, when that can be done without substantial impairment of the interests of the public in the waters, and subject always to the paramount right of Congress to control their navigation so far as may be necessary for the regulation of commerce with foreign nations and among the states, and whereas: It is the settled law of this country that subject only to the settlement of controversies between them by interstate compact, or decision of the Supreme Court of the United States, the exclusive sovereignty over all of the waters within the limits of the several states belongs to the respective states within which they are found, and that sovereignty over waters constituting the boundary between two states is equal in each of such respective states, and whereas: It is the sense of this conference that the exercise by the United States Government of the delegated constitutional authority to control navigation for the regulation of interstate and foreign commerce does not confer upon such government the use of waters for any other purpose and does not divest the states of their sovereignty over such waters for any other public purpose that will not interfere with navigation: Therefore, be it resolved, That it is the sense of this conference of governors and the duly authorized and appointed commissioners of the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming, constituting the Colorado River Basin States, assembled at Denver, Colorado, this 29th day of August, 1927, that: The rights of the states under such settled law shall be maintained. The states have a legal right to demand and receive compensation for the use of their lands and waters. The state or states upon whose land a dam is built by the United States Government, or whose waters are used in connection with a dam built by the United States Government to generate hydroelectric energy are entitled to the prior right to acquire the hydroelectric energy so generated or to acquire the use of such dam for the generation of hydro-electric energy, upon undertaking to pay to the United States Government the charges that may be made, for such hydro-electric energy or for the use of such dam, to amortize the government investment, together with interest thereon, or to agree upon any other method for the use of their waters.
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