Established in 1997, the Foundation’s program dedicated to the lifeline of the Southwest is known as the Colorado River Project. It is dedicated to educating people about challenges facing the Upper and Lower Colorado River Basins and assisting the many stakeholders in the two basins in reaching common ground. Primary financial support for the project is provided through a grant from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s Upper and Lower Colorado Regions along with contributions from agencies, companies and individuals.
The biennial Colorado River Symposium, an invitation-only stakeholder event held in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
The first symposium was held in 1997 to mark the 75th anniversary of the Colorado River Compact. Subsequent symposia were held in 1999, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017. Printed proceedings are available from each of these events.
The Colorado River Project Advisory Committee:
Michael Cohen, The Pacific Institute
Michael Connor, WilmerHale
John Entsminger, Southern Nevada Water Authority
Chris Harris, Colorado River Board of California
Robert Johnson, Water Strategies
Jeff Kightlinger, MWD of Southern California
James Lochhead, Denver Water
Don Ostler, Upper Colorado River Commission
Jennifer Pitt, National Audubon Society
Stanley M. Pollack, Navajo Nation Department of Justice
Maureen Stapleton, San Diego County Water Authority
Gary Weatherford, California Public Utilities Commission