Calendar No. 562
taCoxoBESS ) SENATE J Report
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[ANTING THE CONSENT OF CONGRESS TO THE WIKNDEI) BEAR RIVER COMPACT BETWEEN THE BATES OF UTAH, WYOMING AND IDAHO
hem her 18 (legislative day, December 15), 1979.—Ordered to be printed
Bayii (for Mr. Kennedy), from the Committee on the Judiciary, submitted the following
[To accompany S. 1489]
The Committee on the Judiciary, to which was referred the bill .\ 1489 granting the consent of Congress to the amended Bear River Compact between the States of Utah, Wyoming and Idaho, having considered same, reports favorably thereon without amendment and recommends that the bill do pass.
The purpose of this amended compact is to remove controversy over the distribution and use of the waters of the Bear River. It will provide for efficient use of water by establishing an equitable apportionment of the Bear River's waters among the compacting states. It will promote interstate comity and allow additional development of the water resources.
The original Bear River Compact between the States of Utah, Wyoming and Idaho became effective on March 17, 19.58. That agree¬ ment, however, did not divide the direct flow or storable water below Bear Lake between Idaho and Utah. The area above Bear Lake in all three states can accommodate additional water use and storage.
The amended Bear River Compact, which is the result of 10 years of negotiations between the affected states, will permit modifications to the existing compact to allow additional development of water stor¬ age facilities and enhance stabilization of water use in the area. The revised compact will retain provisions requiring a review at intervals not exceeding twenty years to allow future revisions to be made as they are necessary.
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United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on the Judiciary. Granting the consent of Congress to the amended Bear River Comapct between the states of Utah, Wyoming and Idaho : a report to accompnay S. 1489. Washington, D.C. : U.S. Government Printing Office, 1979.
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