Established in 1997, the Foundation’s program dedicated to the
lifeline of the Southwest is known as the Colorado River Project.
It is focused on 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.
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
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, 2017 and 2019. Printed proceedings are
available from each of these events.
Our advisory committee is made up of stakeholder groups from
across the Colorado River Basin, including water users, tribal
representatives, environmental groups and former officials with
the U.S. Department of the Interior and the Bureau of