The written proceedings of the Foundation’s 2009 Colorado River Symposium, “The Colorado River: Building a Sustainable Future.” This two-and-a-half day, invitation-only event held in September 2009 brought together some of the top policymakers in the Colorado River Basin. Symposium discussions focused on Mexico/U.S. issues; population growth; Colorado River augmentation; climate change; the energy-water supply connection and closed with a crystal ball panel discussion on alternative futures for the river.
The written proceedings of the Foundation’s 2007 Colorado River Symposium, “The Colorado River Compact at 85 and Changes on the River.” This two-and-a-half day, invitation-only event held in September 2007 brought together some of the top policymakers in the Colorado River Basin. Symposium discussions focused on the 1922 Compact and its applicability in 2007; Mexican/U.S. border issues; climate change, water supplies and growth; federal funding; and the restoring the riparian system.
The written proceedings of the Foundation’s 2005 Colorado River Symposium, “Sharing the Risks: Shortage, Surplus and Beyond,” is now available. Held last September, the fifth biennial invitation-only symposium brought together the top policymakers in the Colorado River Basin.
In September 2003, the Foundation hosted its fourth Colorado River Symposium, “The Ties that Bind: Policy and the Evolving Law of the Colorado River. This two-and-a-half day, invitation-only event brought together some of the top policy-makers in the Colorado River Basin to discuss the legal and physical ties link the seven states, two countries and many stakeholders that share the Colorado River. Participants at the event included Bennett Raley, Assistant Interior Secretary for Water and Science, and John Keys, Commissioner of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.
In early 2002, the Foundation hosted its third Colorado River Symposium, “Coming to Consensus: Sharing the Colorado River.” This two-and-a-half day, invitation-only event brought together some of the top policy-makers in the Colorado River Basin to discuss how the different states and disparate interest groups can work together to better manage the river. Participants at the event included Bennett Raley, Assistant Interior Secretary for Water and Science, and John Keys, Commissioner of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.
In 1999, the Foundation held its second Colorado River Symposium, Managing the Colorado River: Past, Present and Future. This two-and-a-half-day event brought together 110 top policy-makers and leading stakeholders from the seven states that share the Colorado River, American Indian tribes, Mexico, environmental groups and the federal government to discuss ways these diverse interests can work together to address the many challenges facing the Colorado River.
In 1997, the Foundation sponsored a three-day, invitation-only symposium at Bishop’s Lodge, New Mexico, site of the 1922 Colorado River Compact signing, to discuss the historical implications of that agreement, current Colorado River issues and future challenges. The 204-page proceedings features the panel discussions and presentations on such issues as the Law of the River, water marketing and environmental restoration.
This printed issue of River Report, “Finding a Solution for the Salton Sea,” discusses the Salton Sea, the enigmatic, saline, terminal water body where officials and stakeholder are trying to craft a long-term, viable solution to preserve the Sea’s ecological health.
This printed issue of River Report, “Minute 319: Building on the Past to Provide for the Future,” details the components of Minute 319, takes a look at the precedent it sets and what might come after the five-year Minute expires.
This printed issue of River Report, “Maintaining a Fragile Alliance: Colorado River Water Users and the QSA,” discusses the state of the California Quantification Settlement Agreement (QSA), including the efforts to find a long-standing resolution to mitigating the transfer impacts on the Salton Sea that threaten the integrity of the agreement.
This issue of River Report, “Bigger, Faster and Stronger: Climate Change and the Colorado River Basin,” describes how many experts believe that climate change is happening faster than first predicted and how it has taken on the elements of VUCA – increased volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity. Much of the content is based on the comments of a climate change panel assembled at the Foundation’s invitation-only 2011 Colorado River Symposium.
This issue of River Report, “Conserving Species and Habitat: Five Years of the Multi-Species Conservation Program,” looks at how the MSCP is striving to improve wildlife habitat along the Lower Colorado River.
This issue of River Report, “Balancing a Complex Set of Interests: Glen Canyon Dam and Adaptive Management”, examines some recent developments surrounding Glen Canyon Dam – control of non-native fish, possible flow changes to accommodate sediment transport and a new long-term operations plan.
This issue of River Report features an interview of Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Mike Connor conducted by Foundation Executive Director Rita Schmidt Sudman. Side articles include focus on the Yuma Desalting Plant’s yearlong pilot run, Recovery Act funding of Reclamation projects and the near-completion of the Drop 2 Storage Reservoir.
The attention devoted to reaching a critical balance of water supply reliabil¬ity and ecosystem health has involved a small army of scientific, legal and policy experts – all intently focused on a river system that is caught in a set of ongoing environmental issues as well as predicted changes in precipitation that look to disrupt the fundamental assumptions of how much water will flow in the next 100 years.
In the Colorado River region, the challenge of constructing dependable water infrastructure on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border is compounded by eight years of drought, decaying existing infrastructure and ongoing pollution problems. This issue of River Report, “U.S.-Mexico Border Infrastructure: Meeting Current Needs with an Eye to Future Challenges,” explains the water infrastructure topics being discussed and ongoing measures to improve water resources along the border states.
The connection between energy and water is an important issue that is garnering more attention as the demands for each increase. This issue of River Report, “The Water-Energy Nexus in the Colorado River Basin,” looks at how the water-energy link is growing in importance as the demand for each grows in the future while uncertainty surrounds the prospect of expanded supplies.
In December 2007, new rules were signed on how to manage the Colorado River during drought. Drought remains, but above-average runoff has helped to ease some shortage fears as officials go about putting the new rules into action. This issue of River Report provides an overview of steps underway to implement the new guidelines to better manage Colorado River water not only during drought, but over the full range of reservoir operations, stretching existing supplies and finding ways to augment what is often described as the most controversial and regulated river in the United States.
This issue of River Report, “Preparing for an Uncertain Future: Climate Change and the Colorado River,” focuses on the potential impacts of climate change in the Colorado River Basin and the programs agencies are enacting to address concerns about water supplies. Much of the information is from the Foundation’s biennial Colorado River Symposium held in September 2007.
“Urban Growth and Water: States Seek New Supplies”
The Colorado River system has proved to be remarkably resilient during this dry period, but the ongoing drought, continuing population growth and uncertainties about climate change have prompted water officials throughout the basin to seek innovative ways to stretch current water supplies and in some cases tap into new sources of supply. This issue of River Report explores the issue of water supply, water demand and forecasted growth in the Colorado River Basin.