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LA PLATA RIVER COMPACT The state of Colorado and the state of New Mexico desiring to provide for the equitable distribution of the waters of the La Plata river and to remove all causes of present and future controversy between them with respect thereto and being moved by considerations of interstate comity pursuant to acts of their respective legislatures have resolved to conclude a compact for these purposes and have named as their commissioners Delph E Carpenter for the state of Colorado and Stephen B Davis Jr for the state of New Mexico who have agreed upon the following articles ARTICLE I The state of Colorado at its own expense shall establish and maintain two permanent stream gaging stations upon the La Plata river for the purpose of measuring and recording its flow which shall be known as the Hesperus station and the Interstate station respectively The Hesperus station shall be located at some convenient place near the village of Hesperus Colorado Suitable devices for ascertaining and recording the volume of all diversions from the river above Hesperus station shall be established and maintained without expense to the state of New Mexico and whenever in this compact this section reference is made to the flow of the river at Hesperus station it shall be construed to include the amount of the concurrent diversions above said station The Interstate station shall be located at some convenient place within one mile of and above or below the interstate line Suitable devices for ascertaining and recording the volume of water diverted by the Enterprise and Pioneer canals now serving approximately equal areas in both states shall be established and maintained without expense to the state of New Mexico and whenever in this compact reference is made to the flow of the river at the Interstate station it shall be construed to include one half the volume of the concurrent diversions by such canals and also the volume of any other water which may hereafter be diverted from



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