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The Interbasin Compact Committee (IBCC) is a committee created by the Colorado Water for the 21st Century Act made up of representatives from the basin roundtables organized under the act. Each of the roundtables is entitled to send two representatives to the Interbasin Compact Committee which will meet in Denver. In addition, five at-large members were appointed by the Governor, Eric Kuhn, general manager of the Colorado River Water Conservation District; Rita Crumpton, Orchard Mesa Irrigation District; Melinda Kassen, water policy director for Trout Unlimited, appointed to represent environmental interests; T. Wright Dickinson rancher and former Moffat County commissioner; and Wayne Vanderschuere, Colorado Springs Water Supply Manager, representing municipal interests with one more appointment pending. One was appointed by the Chairperson of the House Agriculture, Livestock, and Natural Resources Committee and one by the Chairperson of the Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Energy Committee. Sen. Jim Isgar, D-Hesperus, Chairperson of the Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Energy Committee, has nominated himself. Rep. Kathleen Curry, D-Gunnison, Chairperson of the House Agriculture, Livestock, and Natural Resources Committee, has also nominated herself. The Committee will be chaired by Russell George.

After organizing itself the IBCC is charged with drafting a Interbasin Compact Charter and referring it to the Colorado General Assembly. That charter, if adopted by the General Assembly, shall govern and guide all negotiations between basin roundtables. A deadline of July 1, 2006 is set by the act. Failure to refer a compact by the deadline results in repeal of the act. According to a pessimistic editorial opinion in The Daily Sentinel of Grand Junction, Colorado on Colorado's Western Slope prospects are dim given Colorado's long history of conflict over transbasin diversions and the wide disparity in population between the fast-growing water hungry urbanized areas of the front range and the sparsely populated water rich Western Slope.

At its first meeting February 3, 2006 preliminary discussions were held.

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