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|Chap. 324||Nebraska, Wyoming, and South Dakota. Water compacts.|
|Chap. 324||Expiration of authority.|
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the consent of Congress is hereby given—
(1) to the States of Nebraska, Wyoming, and South Dakota to negotiate a compact providing for an equitable division and apportionment among the said States of the waters of the Niobrara River and its tributaries;
(2) to the States of Nebraska and South Dakota to negotiate a compact providing for an equitable division and apportionment between said States of the waters of Ponca Creek and its tributaries; and
(3) to the States of Nebraska, Wyoming, and South Dakota or any two of them to negotiate a compact or compacts relating to the extraction and use of ground waters from sources common to the compacting States.
No compact, the negotiation of which is authorized by this Act, shall be binding or obligatory upon any of the parties thereto unless the negotiations shall have been participated in by a suitable person or persons who shall be appointed by the President to represent the United States and shall make report to the Congress on the proceedings and on the compact and until that compact shall have been ratified by the legislatures of each of the States concerned and approved by the Congress. Nothing contained in any compact negotiated under this Act shall be construed as affecting the obligations of the United States of America to Indian tribes. The authority given by this Act shall, unless otherwise continued by the Congress, expire five years from the date of its approval.
Approved, August 5, 1953.