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. Primary 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 individuals.
The first Colorado River 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 and 2017. 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 Reclamation.