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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
This printed issue of River Report, “Water Banking,
Transfers and the Future of the Colorado River Basin,” discusses
Colorado River Basin water transfers and banking, based on the
2013 panel discussion at the Colorado River Symposium.