PUBLIC LAW 87-328-SEPT. 27, 1961
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2.6 Organization and Procedure. The commission shall provide for its own organization and procedure, and shall adopt rules and regulations governing its meetings and transactions. I t shall organize annually W the election oi a chairman and vice-chairman from among its members. I t shall provide by its rules for the appointment by each member in his discretion of an advisor to serve without compensation, who may attend all meetings of the commission and its committees. 2.7 Jurisdiction of the Commission. The commission shall have, exercise and discharge its functions, powers and duties within the limits of the basin, except that it may in its discretion act outside the basin whenever such action may be necessary or convenient to effectuate its powers or duties within the basin, or to sell or dispose of water, hydroelectric power or other water resources within or without the basin. The commission shall exercise such power outside the basin only upon the consent of the state in which it proposes to act. ARTICLE 3 POWERS AND DUTIES OF THE COMMISSION
Section 3.1 Purpose and Policy. The commission shall develop and effectuate plansj policies and projects relating to the water resources of the basm. I t shall adopt and promote uniform and coordinated policies for water conservation, control, use and management in the basin. I t shall encourage the planning, development and financing of water resources projects according to such plans and po icies. 3.2 Comprehensive Plan, Program and Budgets. The commission shall, in accordance with Article 13 of this compact, formulate and adopt: (a) A comprehensive plan, after consultation with water users and interested public bodies, for the immediate and long range development and uses of the water resources of the basin; (b) A water resources program, based upon the comprehensive plan, which shall include a systematic presentation of the quantity and quality of water resources needs of the area to be served for such reasonably foreseeable period as the commission may determine, balanced by existing and proposed projects required to satisfy such )ieeds, including all public and private projects affecting the basin, together with a separate statement of the projects proposed to be undertaken by the commission during such perioa; and (c) An annual current expense budget, and an annual capital budget consistent with the water resources program covering the commission's projects and facilities for the budget period. 3.3 Allocations, Diversions and Releases. The commission shall have the power from time to time as need appears, in accordance with the doctrine of equitable apportionment, to allocate the waters of the basin to and among the states signatory to this compact and to and among their respective political subdivisions, and to impose conditions, obligations and release requirements related thereto, subject to the following limitations: (a) The commission, without the unanimous consent of the parties to the United States Supreme Court decree in New Jersey v. New York, 347 U.S. 995 (1954), shall not impair, diminish or otherwise adversely affect the diversions, compensating releases, rights, conditions^ obligations, and provisions for the administration thereof as provided in said decree; provided, however, that after consultation with the river master under said decree the commission may find and declare a state of emergency resulting from a drought or catastrophe