Page:United States Statutes at Large Volume 106 Part 6.djvu/128

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106 STAT. 4686 PUBLIC LAW 102-575—OCT. 30, 1992 (ii) that any releases from the reservoir contribute to even flows in the river as far as possible from October 1 to December 1 so as to be sensitive to the brown trout spawn. (B) Operation of the Platoro Dam and Reservoir by the District for water supply uses (including storage and exchange of water rights owned by the District or its constituents), interstate compact and flood control purposes shall be senior and paramount to the channel flushing and fishery objectives referred to in subparagraph (A). (2) The District will provide and maintain a permanent pool in the Platoro Reservoir for fish, wildlife, and recreation purposes, in the amount of three thousand acre-feet, including the initial filling of the pool and periodic replenishment of seepage and evaporation loss: Provided, however, That if necessary to maintain the winter instream flow provided in subparagraph (3), the permanent pool may be allowed to be reduced to two thousand four hundred acre-feet. (3) In order to preserve fish and wildlife habitat below Platoro Reservoir, the District shall maintain releases of water from Platoro Reservoir of seven cubic feet per second during the months of October through April and shall b5T)ass forty cubic feet per second or natural inflow, whichever is less, during the months of May through September. (4) The United States Forest Service, Department of Agriculture, is directed to regularly monitor operation of Platoro Reservoir, including releases from it for instream flow purposes, and to enforce the provisions of this subsection under the laws, regulations, and rules applicable to the National Forest System. (e) FLOOD CONTROL MANAGEMENT.— The Secretary of the Army, acting through the Chief of Engineers, shall retain exclusive authority over Platoro Dam and Reservoir for flood control purposes and shall direct the District in the operation of the dam for such purposes. To the extent possible, management by the Secretary of the Army under this subsection shall be consistent with the water supply use of the reservoir, with the administration of the Rio Grande Compact of 1939 by the Colorado State Engineer and with the provisions of subsection (d) hereof. The Secretary of the Army shall enter into a Letter of Understanding with the District and the United States Bureau of Reclamation prior to transfer of operations which details the responsibility of each party and specifies the flood control criteria for the reservoir. (0 COMPLIANCE WITH COMPACT AND OTHER LAWS. —The transfer under section 2302 shall be subject to the District's compliance with the Rio Grande Compact of 1939 and all other applicable laws and regulations, whether of the State of Colorado or of the United States. SEC. 2303. DEFINITIONS. As used in this title— (1) the term "District" means the Conejos Water Conservancy District of the State of Colorado; (2) the term "Federal reclamation laws" means the Act of June 17, 1902 (32 Stat. 388), and Acts supplementary thereto and amendatory thereof;