Southern Ute Indian Tribe, Ute Mountain Ute Tribe


Southern Ute Indian Tribe of the Southern Ute Reservation, Ute Mountain Tribe of the Ute Mountain Reservation (Colorado, New Mexico and Utah)


Colorado Utes Water Settlement


Southern Ute Indian Reservation (CO), Ute Mountain Ute Indian Reservation (CO), Ute Mountain Ute Indian Reservation (NM)


Southern Ute Indian Reservation, Ute Mountain Indian Reservation




Upper Colorado Region

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Upper Colorado

HUC Refined

San Juan Basin

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United States

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Federal Legislation: Colorado Ute Indian Water Rights Settlement Act Amendments of 2000 in Consolidated Appropriations Act of Dec. 21, 2001 (PL 106-554, Appendix D, Title III, 114 Stat. 2763A-258 ). The timetable set forth in the Settlement Agreement has not been met. The irrigation water provisions cannot be met due to Endangered Species Act, biological opinions and Federal Water Pollution Control Act requirements which reduce the amount that can be drawn from the Animas and La Plata Rivers. The facilities and amount of water must be significantly reduced. To compensate the Tribes, capital costs are waived and funds for natural resource enhancement are provided. 57,100 acre-feet annually may be diverted from the Animas River to the Southern Ute and Mountain Ute Tribes for municipal and industrial needs. The Navajo Nation receives 2,340 a/f and various amounts go to Colorado and water commissions once the Animas-La Plata Project is constructed. DOI Secretary is authorized to construct a water line augmenting supplies to Shiprock area of Navajo Nation totaling at least 4,680 a/f/y. The Act establishes the Southern Ute Tribal Resource Fund and the Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Resource Fund sharing $8 million in appropriations for each year 2002-2006. The Tribes may develop 1) investment, 2) resource acquisition and enhancement, and 3) economic development plans to be approved by the Secretary. Funds appropriated for construction of facilities by Reclamation. [Source:]


Federal legislation (Appendix D) amending the CO Ute Water Rights Settlement of 1988: 8 pages

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