WHEREAS Club 20 has always vigorously defended western Colorado water rights and the Colorado system of water law, and
WHEREAS the Upper Colorado River and San Juan River Basin recovery programs (“Programs”) have the dual objectives of recovery of endangered fish species and continued management and development of water for human purposes, and
WHEREAS fundamental tenets of the Programs are providing water for endangered fish in accordance with state law and interstate compacts, and that no water for endangered fish will be obtained by condemnation or regulatory taking, and
WHEREAS the costs for these Programs are equitably distributed in a mutually agreeable manner among the federal government, upper basin states, Colorado River Storage Project power customers, and water users, and
WHEREAS funding for the Upper Colorado and San Juan River Endangered Fish Recovery Programs was authorized in October of 2000, (P.L> 106-392) and authorized funding (both direct and cost-shared) to implement these two endangered fish recovery programs, and
WHEREAS the revenues for the federal cost share come predominantly from Colorado River Storage Project power revenues, and
WHEREAS the Programs provide compliance with the Endangered Species Act for large and small federal, non-federal, and tribal water projects in the Upper Colorado and San Juan River basins.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that:
- Club 20 recognizes the benefits of and supports continued implementation of the Upper Colorado River and San Juan River Basin endangered fish recovery programs and urges Congress to continue to support and fund these programs, and
- Club 20 opposes any part of the Endangered Fish Recovery Program that would result in modifying existing water rights without the expressed consent and, with just-compensation, of the property owner.
- Club 20 supports federal participation in cooperative actions to ensure that water levels at Lake Powell remain safely above minimum power-producing levels to ensure continued federal cost-share revenues.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Club 20 requests adequate funding be appropriated through the Recovery Program to ensure non-native fish cannot escape Elkhead Reservoir into downstream waters and stabilizing the stream banks below the Flaming Gorge Dam.