Colorado River Compact

March 11, 2016--Despite state water plan, local headwaters have growing claims (Summit Daily)

The battle over water is moving to a boil. Colorado unveiled a statewide water plan this past November to better prepare for an estimated doubling of its population by the year 2050, from about 5 million to an estimated 10.5 million.


June 25, 2015--How a historical blunder helped create the water crisis in the West (NPR)

In 1922, seven Western states — Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Wyoming and California — drew up an agreement on how to divide the waters of the Colorado River. But there was one big problem with the plan: They overestimated how much water the river could provide. As a result, each state was promised more water than actually exists.


June 4, 2015--Colorado River Basin in crisis (Moab Sun News)

The consumptive use of surface water in the Colorado River Basin is currently over-extended and we know this because we can see the “bathtub ring” with our own eyes when we visit Lake Powell, and especially Lake Mead.


December 10, 2014--Lake Powell’s low water level plays into water supply (Cortez Journal)

Colorado water managers are keeping a close eye on the historically low reservoir levels at Lake Powell. Under the Colorado River Compact, the major river is divided between upper basin states and lower basin states.


November 20, 2014--Water plan OK’d but talking will continue (Mountain Town News)

Russ George spoke with the pride of a new father, and in a sense he was. The Colorado Water Conservation Board, of which George is a member, had just heard comments on the statewide water plan. Several speakers called for improvements. Conservation goals could be more ambitious.


October 27, 2014--Water official: Address Western Slope concerns (Grand Junction Sentinel)

A Western Slope water official wants to make sure that even if a draft state water plan doesn’t solve conflicts over Colorado River basin issues, it at least fully acknowledges their existence. Dan Birch, deputy general manager of the Colorado River Water Conservation District, made the request in an Oct. 10 letter to the Colorado Water Conservation Board.


October 12, 2014--Drought making Calif. more like Arizona (Arizona Central)

For many years, California has stared at the prospect of long-running drought and effectively sniffed with contempt. In the minds of many urban Californians, drought may be a burden and an annoyance, but hardly a threat to the coastal lifestyle. Yes, the consequences of long-term drought, like urban brushfires and a decimated Central Valley farm industry, may be a concern.


August 25, 2014--How the West was sunk? (Pueblo Chieftain)

Drought is nothing new to the arid West. Vast swatches of Colorado burned in 2012-13, and California, Oregon and Washington are experiencing one of the worst fire seasons in history this year. In the Colorado River basin, Lake Mead is at the lowest levels since it first filled, while Lake Powell is approaching levels too low to generate power.


June 29, 2014--River series: The state of the river (Post Independent)

Metaphorically speaking, just because Southern California is in the shower with shampoo in its hair, does not mean it gets to take all the water. Lake Powell is being drained to fill Lake Mead, which is being drained by states downstream from it.


June 20, 2014--Water war bubbling up between California and Arizona (Los Angeles Times)

Once upon a time, California and Arizona went to war over water. The year was 1934, and Arizona was convinced that the construction of Parker Dam on the lower Colorado River was merely a plot to enable California to steal its water rights.


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