Colorado River Materials

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Colorado River Materials

Publications and products related to this vital resource.

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“How is the Colorado River Shortage Agreement Working?”

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.

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River Report Winter 2007-2008

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.

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River Report Fall 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.

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River Report Winter 2006-2007

“Controlling Salt: Crafting a Restoration Plan for the Salton Sea”
This issue of River Report discusses the important role the sea plays in the ecosystem, the challenges of restoration and provides an overview of the eight alternatives to restore the sea.

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River Report Fall 2006

“Modifying Management of the Colorado River: Assembling the Details”
This issue of River Report provides an update on the ongoing work to craft a program to modify the management of the Colorado River during future droughts. A final plan is to be adopted by Dec. 31, 2007.

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River Report Winter 2005-06

COMMON CAUSE: Border Water Issues Unite, Divide U.S., Mexico This issue of River Report focuses on water and environmental issues facing the U.S. and Mexico in the Colorado River Basin drainage they share. The basis for the article stemmed from a panel discussion Water Education Foundation’s Colorado River Symposium Sept. 28-30 in Santa Fe, N.M.

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River Report Summer 2005

“The Lower Colorado River MSCP: Protecting Endangered Species and Water Project Operations.” This issue of River Report provides an overview of the ambitious The Lower Colorado River Multi Species Conservation Program, and its dual goals of restoring the habitat and native species of the watershed while ensuring continued water project operations.

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River Report Winter 2004-2005

THE CONTINUING COLORADO RIVER DROUGHT: Political Tensions Rise as Reservoir Levels Drop. This issue of River Report analyzes how the continuing Colorado River Basin drought has heightened tensions between Upper Basin and Lower Basin states over issues such as shortage criteria, and how they fit within the existing Law of the River.

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River Report Summer 2004

This issue of River Report looks at the extent and effects of the current drought in the Colorado River Basin as it endures the driest period in its recorded history. The article provides an overview of the grim water picture and examines the steps being taken or considered by the Interior Department and various stakeholders to cope with the drought.

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River Report Winter 2003-2004

This issue of River Report explores the issue of salinity on the Colorado River, Upper Basin control efforts and the Lower Basin’s dilemma over the Yuma Desalting Plant. Some of the content for this article came from the Foundation’s September 2003 Colorado River Symposium. The Foundation will publish the full written proceedings of the symposium, which was tape-recorded, in 2004.

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River Report Summer 2002

River Report Summer 2002 Individual Issue – Growth is inevitable part of living in the Western United States. Numerous water projects were created around the Colorado River Basin after the turn of the 20th Century, primarily to sustain irrigation for the thousands of settlers enticed to farm the region. However, as population centers including Phoenix, Denver and Los Angeles have exploded in the past 50 years, so has the need for water to meet urban demands.

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River Report Winter 2002-2003

A DEADLINE PASSED: WITH CALIFORNIA’S 4.4 PLAN SEEMINGLY ON THE ROCKS, WHAT’S NEXT? For the past seven years, water interests in southern California, including Imperial Irrigation District (IID), Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD), Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) and San Diego County Water Authority (SDCWA), along with the Department of the Interior (Interior) and its water management arm, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (Bureau), have been engaged in an effort to develop the 4.4 Plan. The Dec.

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River Report Winter 2001

WHAT’S AWASH IN THE WASH? Combating Water Quality Problems in the Las Vegas Wash This issue of River Report discusses the problems with Las Vegas Wash water quality issues related to perchlorate contamination, the primary ingredient in rocket fuel that has been shown to cause thyroid problems in humans, sediment erosion and the effect on Lake Mead – and the potential effect on other Colorado River water users downstream. It also details what steps are being taken to remedy these problems.

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River Report Summer 2001

PEACE ON THE GILA – The Gila River in Arizona, like most of the water sources in the Southwest, is being claimed by many parties. By law, the oldest of these rights belong to American Indian tribes with lands along its banks. The largest of these tribal claims is by the Gila River Indian Community and rather than litigate in courts, the parties involved have arranged a water rights settlement.

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River Report Winter 2000-2001

Glen Canyon Dam at a Glance Forever changed, just how is the river adjusting to this dam? Behind Glen Canyon Dam in Page, Arizona is the second-largest man-made lake in the United States: Lake Powell. Glen Canyon Dam serves in a number of capacities for those dependent on it, including flood protection, water supply and electrical generation. There is, however, a flip side to the benefits: alteration to the downstream environment. Historically, since its conception in the early 20th Century, Glen Canyon Dam has been the center of controversy.

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River Report Winter 2000

Will Animas-La Plata Become Reality? For over 30 years, the decision to build (or not build) the Animas-La Plata (ALP) project has been undecided. Located near the Four Corners region of the Southwest at the intersection of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Arizona, this project has undergone may revisions in that period of time. According to federal authorities, the purpose of ALP is to settle the water rights claims of two Colorado River Indian Tribes, the Southern Ute and the Ute Mountain Ute.

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River Report Summer 2000

Governance in the Colorado River Basin Could a new commission improve management of the river? The notion of forming an official stakeholder commission to better govern intricate Colorado River issues is a subject that has been raised throughout the basin. In gist, such a commission would be basin-wide. But who would comprise the group and to what extent would they have power are two of the big unknowns in the discussions.

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River Report Spring 1999

Deciding About the Colorado River Delta takes a look at what is arguably one of the biggest environmental issues in the Colorado River Basin: the Mexican delta. Home to hundreds of species of birds and numerous endangered species, the Delta has become a point of interest because of its valuable wetland and estuary habitat. However, since the damming of the Colorado River, water that used to flow into the Delta no longer does except in very wet years. Environmentalists have been pushing for the U.S. to increase flood flows to Mexico in order to support the habitat.

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River Report Winter 1998

Saving For a Dry Day profiles the efforts to develop the Arizona water bank and the “Offstream Storage of Colorado River Water and Interstate Redemption of Storage Credits in the Lower Division States,” the criteria designed to allow for interstate water banking. The article includes historical information as it pertains to the Law of the River and the Central Arizona Project – critical elements to the proposal – as well as the Secretary’s role. It also examines the Upper Basin perspective on the proposal and environmental and Tribal concerns.

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River Report Summer 1998

Angling for Answers: The Quest to Save the Colorado’s Endangered Fish examines the recovery efforts being taken to save the Colorado River’s four native endangered fish species: the razorback sucker, the bonytail, the humback chub and the Colorado pikeminnow. The article also examines reasons for the decrease in populations and the efforts being taken through both the Upper Colorado River Recovery Implementation Program, as similar program on the San Juan River and the recovery efforts in the lower reaches of the river in the Multi-Species Conservation Program.

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