Colorado River Materials

Overview

Colorado River Materials

Publications and products related to this vital resource.

Maps & Posters

Colorado River Basin Map
Redesigned in 2017

Redesigned in 2017, this beautiful map depicts the seven Western states that share the Colorado River with Mexico. The Colorado River supplies water to nearly 40 million people in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming and the country of Mexico. Text on this beautiful, 24×36-inch map, which is suitable for framing, explains the river’s apportionment, history and the need to adapt its management for urban growth and expected climate change impacts.

Publication

Layperson’s Guide to the Colorado River
Updated 2018

The Colorado River provides water to more than 35 million people and 4 million acres of farmland in a region encompassing some 246,000 square miles in the southwestern United States. The 32-page Layperson’s Guide to the Colorado River covers the history of the river’s development; negotiations over division of its water; the items that comprise the Law of the River; and a chronology of significant Colorado River events.

Maps & Posters

Colorado River Bundle
Special discount price for Colorado River Basin map and Layperson’s Guide to the Colorado River

The Colorado River bundle features our beautiful Colorado River poster-size map and our Colorado River Layperson’s Guide, updated in 2018. This bundle gives you the resources you need to understand the importance of the Colorado River to nearly 40 million people in seven Western states and Mexico.

Regularly priced at $20 for the map and $15 for the guide, this bundle allows you to purchase both of these high-quality products for $30. Add the Layperson’s Guide to the Colorado River Delta for an additional $7.50, using the discount code COLORADODELTA. Please note the map ships separately from the guides.

Publication

Layperson’s Guide to the Colorado River Delta
Published 2017

The Colorado River Delta once spanned nearly 2 million acres and stretched from the northern tip of the Gulf of California in Mexico to Southern California’s Salton Sea. Today it’s one-tenth that size, yet still an important estuary, wildlife habitat and farming region even though Colorado River flows rarely reach the sea.

River Reports

Winter 2017-18 River Report
A Warmer Future and Increased Risk

Rising temperatures from climate change are having a noticeable effect on how much water is flowing down the Colorado River. Read the latest River Report to learn more about what’s happening, and how water managers are responding.

Western Water Magazine

The Colorado River: Living with Risk, Avoiding Curtailment
Fall 2017

This issue of Western Water discusses the challenges facing the Colorado River Basin resulting from persistent drought, climate change and an overallocated river, and how water managers and others are trying to face the future. 

River Reports

River Report Summer 2017

This printed issue of the Summer 2017 River Report delves into the successes and challenges of the Colorado River Pilot Conservation Program. The program was launched in 2014 as a collective effort by the federal government and major urban water suppliers to pay for water-saving measures strictly designed to create “system water” for the benefit of everyone.

River Reports

Taking Action on the Colorado River: Are We Up to the Challenge?
2017 Colorado River Symposium Proceedings

The written proceedings of the Foundation’s 2017 Colorado River Symposium, “Taking Action on the Colorado River: Are We Up to the Challenge?” This two-and-a-half day, invitation-only event held in September 2017 brought together some of the top policymakers in the Colorado River Basin. Speakers discussed everything from binational agreements, politics and policy, improving long-term seasonal forecasts, climate change and drought contingency plans.

Product

Colorado River Facts Slide Card

This card includes information about the Colorado River, who uses the river, how the river’s water is divided and other pertinent facts about this vital resource for the Southwest. Beautifully illustrated with color photographs.

Western Water Magazine

Two Countries, One River: Crafting a New Agreement
Fall 2016

This issue of Western Water examines the ongoing effort between the United States and Mexico to develop a new agreement to the 1944 Treaty that will continue the binational cooperation on constructing Colorado River infrastructure, storing water in Lake Mead and providing instream flows for the Colorado River Delta.

River Reports

River Report Winter 2016-2017

This printed issue of River Report, “Dealing with Drought in the Upper Colorado River Basin,” examines the effort by the Upper Basin states to craft a drought contingency plan to avoid critical low-reservoir conditions at Lake Powell.

River Reports

Historic Drought 2000 to 2015: A Catalyst for Innovations
2015 Colorado River Symposium Proceedings

The written proceedings of the Foundation’s 2015 Colorado River Symposium, “Historic Drought 2000 to 2015: A Catalyst for Innovations.” This two-and-a-half day, invitation-only event held in September 2015 brought together some of the top policymakers in the Colorado River Basin.Speakers discussed everything from forging binational U.S.-Mexico agreements, financing innovations, climate change and drought contingency plans.

River Reports

KIDS: Discover the Colorado Watershed

For grades 8-12, this colorful 16-page booklet provides a fun, informative introduction to the Colorado River watershed. Learners play geography games, do salinity experiments, create hydrographs, use reading and drawing skills, and practice higher-level thinking. Topics include Colorado Basin cultures, history, art, hydrology, water management and conservation, and geography.

River Reports

River Report Summer 2016

This printed issue of River Report, “Bending the Curve: The Lower Basin Drought Contingency Proposal,” discusses the increasing potential for a shortage declaration in the Lower Basin and the efforts by Arizona, California and Nevada and the federal government to develop a plan to slow Lake Mead’s decline.

River Reports

River Report Winter 2015-2016

This printed issue of River Report, “Private Investment and Public Dollars: Paying for Colorado River Water,” discusses infrastructure improvements underway to increase the water supply reliability of the Colorado River.

Western Water Magazine

Historic Drought and the Colorado River: Today and Tomorrow
November/December 2015

This issue looks at the historic drought that has gripped the Colorado River Basin since 2000 and discusses the lessons learned, the continuing challenges and what the future might hold.

River Reports

River Report Summer 2015

This printed issue of River Report, “Reaching Reliable Supply on the Colorado River: The Moving Forward Report,” explores how the Colorado River Basin states and the Bureau of Reclamation are working to square a projected imbalance between supply and demand.

Western Water Magazine

The Next Steps of the Colorado River Basin Study
November/December 2014

This issue discusses the aspects of the 2012 Colorado River Basin Study’s workgroups and possible solutions to the river’s imbalance.

River Reports

An Era of New Partnerships on the Colorado River
2013 Symposium Proceedings

The written proceedings of the Foundation’s 2013 Colorado River Symposium, “An Era of New Partnerships on the Colorado River.”  This two-and-a-half day, invitation-only event held in September 2013 brought together some of the top policymakers in the Colorado River Basin. This 136-page, softbound book is a vital resource for universities, libraries and law schools, and a must-have for the serious Colorado River scholar. Bonus: the 2013 Symposium Proceedings includes a disk with the speaker PowerPoint presentations.

River Reports

River Report Summer 2014

This printed issue of River Report, “’Stubborn Personalities and Good Fortune’ The Colorado River Pulse Flow,” chronicles the negotiations that led to the U.S.-Mexico agreement known as Minute 319, which included an historic pulse flow release of water from Morelos Dam to the Colorado River Delta.

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