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COLORADO RIVER MANAGEMENT

OVERSIGHT HEARINGS

BEFORE THE

COMMITTEE ON
INTERIOR AND INSULAR AFFAIRS
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

NINETY-EIGHTH CONGRESS

FIRST SESSION

ON

COLORADO RIVER MANAGEMENT

HEARINGS HELD:
SEPTEMBER 7, 1983: YUMA, ARIZ.
SEPTEMBER 8, 1983: NEEDLES, CALIF.

Serial No. 98-20

Printed for the use of the Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs

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COMMITTEE ON INTERIOR AND INSULAR AFFAIRS

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

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MORRIS K. UDALL, Arizona, Chairman ABRAHAM KAZEN, JR., Texas

MANUEL LUJAN, JR., New Mexico JOHN F. SEIBERLING, Ohio

Ranking Republican Member ANTONIO BORJA WON PAT, Guam

DON YOUNG, Alaska JAMES WEAVER, Oregon

ROBERT J. LAGOMARSINO, California JAMES J. FLORIO, New Jersey

DAN MARRIOTT, Utah PHILIP R. SHARP, Indiana

RON MARLENEE, Montana EDWARD J. MARKEY, Massachusetts RICHARD B. CHENEY, Wyoming BALTASAR CORRADA, Puerto Rico

CHARLES PASHAYAN, JR., California AUSTIN J. MURPHY, Pennsylvania

LARRY CRAIG, Idaho NICK JOE RAHALL II, West Virginia HANK BROWN, Colorado BRUCE F. VENTO, Minnesota

DENNY SMITH, Oregon JERRY HUCKABY, Louisiana

JAMES V. HANSEN, Utah JERRY M. PATTERSON, California

BILL EMERÜƏN, Missouri RAY KOGOVSEK, Colorado

JOHN MCCAIN, Arizona
DALE E. KILDEE, Michigan

BARBARA VUCANOVICH, Nevada
TONY COELHO, California
BEVERLY B. BYRON, Maryland
RON DE LUGO, Virgin Islands
SAMUEL GEJDENSON, Connecticut
WILLIAM PATMAN, Texas
PETER H. KOSTMAYER, Pennsylvania
JAMES MOODY, Wisconsin
ALAN B. MOLLOHAN, West Virginia
JAMES MCCLURE CLARKE, North Carolina
JAMES F. McNULTY, JR., Arizona
RICHARD H. LEHMAN, California
SALA BURTON, California

STANLEY SCOVILLE, Staff Director and Counsel

Roy JONES, Associate Staff Director
LEE McElvan, General Counsel

DEBORAH SLIZ, Counsel
TIMOTHY W. GLIDDEN, Republican Counsel
GEORGE VAN CLEVE, Republican Counsel on Water and Power

(IT)

CONTENTS

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Statements:

Babbitt, Hon. Bruce, Governor of the State of Arizona.

8

DeConcini, Hon. Dennis, a U.S. Senator from the State of Arizona; pre

sented by Colleen Newman ...

10, 208

Panel consisting of:

Hon. Robert N. Broadbent, Commissioner, Bureau of Reclamation,

U.S. Department of the Interior ....,

13, 218

Lt. Col. Roger Higbee, deputy district commander, Los Angeles dis-

trict, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers .......

21, 301

Panel consisting of:

Wesley Steiner, director, Arizona Department of Water Resources .... 36, 318

William McDonald, director, Colorado Water Conservation Board ..... 39, 325

Steve Reynolds, State engineer, and Upper Colorado River Basin
Compact commissioner for the State of New Mexico .....

41

Daniel Lawrence, director, Utah Division of Water Resources. 42, 332

Panel from the city of Yuma, Ariz., consisting of:

Philip G. Clark, mayor ...

47, 338

Larry E. Hunt, director, public services.

48, 342

Benny Gonzales, director, development services.

50, 345

Panel consisting of:

Robert B. Tanguy, director, Arizona Division of Emergency Serv.

ices ..

52, 349

Dr. Jon Counts, director, Arizona Department of Health Services

62

Panel consisting of:

Harry Lafoon, vice chairman, Colorado River Indian Tribes.

... 72, 355

Vincent Harvier, president, Quechan Indian Tribe..

73
Raymond Simpson, attorney, Quechan Indian Tribe...

75

Panel consisting of:

Philip Younis, resort operator ......

77, 369

Gwen Robinson, representing Yuma Crossing Park Council, Inc. 78, 371

Gerald W. Hunt, town attorney, Parker, Ariz..
Cary Meister, president, Yuma Audubon Society

79
Maryetta Tsosie, vice chairman, Board of Supervisors of La Paz
County, Ariz...

81

Panel consisting of:

Lloyd Allen, director, Imperial Irrigation District .....

82, 396

Tom Choules, representing Southwest Arizona Flood Control Asso

ciation

83, 398

Virgil Jones, legislative representative, Palo Verde Irrigation Dis-

trict

88, 420

James W. Ferguson, president, North Gila Valley Irrigation Dis-

trict

89, 422

James W. Cuming, president, Yuma County Water Users Associa-

tion

90, 245

79

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