Colorado River system reaching crisis stage

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Videos and PDF transcripts of the bulk of last week’s Colorado River Water Users Association conferenceOpens in a new tab. are now available on the Association’s website.  The 2022 annual conference was held December 14-16 in Las Vegas.

Over allocation, combined with the ongoing drought and climate change, are contributing to an alarming shortage of water in the system’s reservoirs.  The two largest, Lake Mead and Lake Powell, are only 25% full and in danger of reaching dead poolOpens in a new tab..  The Association shared the following tweet:

The seven basin states of Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada and California have until January 31Opens in a new tab. to negotiate major water cuts and present their plan to the Bureau of Reclamation; otherwise, the Bureau will provide its own solution to save the system. “We know that inaction is not the answer. And insufficient action will mean serious consequences for the entire [Colorado River] Basin. Because if a solution is not developed by the Basin, Commissioner Touton will figure it out for us. And as much as I enjoy working with the Commissioner, I think it’s better for everyone if the federal government doesn’t make these tough decisions. That sentiment is shared by many of my Senate colleagues. No matter what Basin state we represent, we all want water users to take the lead,” said Arizona’s Senator Mark Kelly.


Since 1995, Deborah has owned and operated LegalTech LLC with a focus on water rights. Before moving to Arizona in 1986, she worked as a quality control analyst for Honeywell and in commercial real estate, both in Texas. She learned about Arizona's water rights from the late and great attorney Michael Brophy of Ryley, Carlock & Applewhite. Her side interests are writing (and reading), Wordpress programming and much more.

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December 21, 2022 9:14 am
I love Mark Kelly. Just saying. Anyway, I would hate to see the feds make a sweeping decision that affects all 7 states. The various states need their heads of state to take aggressive action. I’m glad there is a deadline even if I might not like the outcome.

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