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Approved Sept 7, 2007

SAN JUAN RIVER RECOVERY IMPLEMENTATION PROGRAM

Inherently Governmental Work Group Meeting San Juan Water Commission 7450 East Main Street Suite B Farmington, NM 87402 Phone: (505) 564-8969 Fax: (505) 564-3322 E-mail: sjwcoffice@sjwc.org

Wednesday May 16, 2007 8:30 – 3:00

Attendance: Coordination Committee: Cathy Condon, Southern Ute Tribe; Brenna Clanni, Navajo Nation; Jim Brooks, Fish and Wildlife Service (for Brian Millsap); Tom Pitts, Water Development Steering Committee, Tom Blickensderfer, State of Colorado, via conference phone.

Others: Dave Campbell, SJRIP Program Director; Maria O’Brien, BHP; Tim Jones, PNM; Steve Harris, Southwestern Water Conservation District.

SUMMARY

Cathy Condon, Workgroup Chair, opened the meeting by stating that the Tribes perspective is that they need water development to move forward and therefore need the Program to move forward. The tribe would like to move away from defining inherently governmental and focus on defining a process for the program that is consistent with the solicitor’s opinions and maintains maximum flexibility for the SJRIP in deciding how projects are implemented. SJRIP projects should be addressed on a case-by-case basis; however it may be useful to develop some criteria to determine what should be subject to competition.

Tom Pitts would like to define how this process would work and what criteria would be used.

As the discussion progressed, it was acknowledged that “research” could go out to bid. Jim Brooks said that some research may or may not go out. For example, if research would require using endangered fish from Dexter, it may be more appropriate to have Dexter conduct the research, rather than contract it out.

Dave Campbell’s draft “list of current projects” was referenced in the discussion. In the draft “list of current projects,” projects involving Program management and fish handling were generally

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