As Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt jetted
around the country last year, regularly flying first or
business class at hefty taxpayer expense, his stated mission
was often a noble one: to hear from Americans about how
Washington could most effectively and fairly enforce the Clean
Water districts in northern New Mexico sought to disqualify a
state judge Tuesday and overturn a major settlement with the
Navajo Nation in a simmering dispute about rights to water from
the San Juan River.
Federal fisheries officials said Tuesday they will consider
putting the Pacific Northwest’s once-flourishing wild
spring-run Chinook salmon on the list of threatened or
endangered species. The National Marine Fisheries Services
plans a 12-month review on whether to give protected status to
the salmon in and around the Klamath River.
he earrings are only a couple of inches long, but the
masterfully carved salmon look like they’ve leaped from the
water to whisper in the wearer’s ear. Their glowing red hues
and iridescent opalescence caress the eye. These colors
occur naturally in the medium in which Leah Mata, a Northern
Chumash artist, works: the shells of the red abalone,
or Haliotis rufescens.
When the Blackfeet Nation of Montana last year approved a water
rights compact with the federal government that had taken more
than three decades to negotiate, it was only the beginning. The
deal quantifies the tribe’s water rights for the first time and
provides for more than $470 million in state and federal
funding for water projects and related initiatives, but
securing that money will involve further negotiations that are
likely to be slow going.
The Klamath Tribes, in anticipation of drought conditions this
summer, have filed a 60-day notice of their intention to file a
lawsuit against federal agencies, seeking higher water levels
on Upper Klamath Lake for protection of two endangered sucker
Anticipating a poor water year in California’s and Oregon’s
Klamath River Basin, the federal government is seeking to find
a way to balance its obligations to protect fish species while
also ensuring Klamath Basin irrigators and water districts have
access to water.
The agency that runs the CAP [Central Arizona Project] is
setting aside Colorado River water for new development that by
all rights should go to the Tohono O’odham and other Indian
tribes, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation says.
Santa Fe County commissioners on Tuesday night unanimously
approved settlements with four Northern New Mexico pueblos that
establish rights of way for certain roadways through the year
2216, finalizing months of negotiations over long-standing
access disputes that have bedeviled Pojoaque Basin property
owners and threatened to leave funding for a planned regional
water system in limbo.
The federal government and the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla
Indians will swap control of thousands of acres of mountainous
land near Palm Springs in a deal officials said will improve
land management for both sides.
Nothing sharpens the political divide in California like a
fight over water. Just before New Year’s, the U.S. Bureau of
Administration announced it would try to “maximize water
deliveries” to the agricultural districts that belong to
the federal government’s Central Valley Project.
Garry Holiday grew up among the abandoned mines that dot the
Navajo Nation’s red landscape, remnants of a time when uranium
helped cement America’s status as a nuclear superpower and
fueled its nuclear energy program. It left a toxic legacy. …
Mining tainted the local groundwater.
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.
A Native American tribe in Northern California was appalled
last month when Shasta County demanded an extra $1,000 in
penalties for their water bill. Thirty members of the Winnemem
Wintu Tribe, ranging in age from 1 to 70 years old, live in a
cluster of trailers on 42 acres of land that is zoned for a
A landmark agreement on the Santa Margarita River Conjunctive
Use project between the Fallbrook Public Utility District and
Camp Pendleton Marine Base promises to be signed Dec. 11, after
66 years of litigation in the U.S. courts and could be good
news for the 10-year-old water rights settlement case that is
hindering development along state Route 371 in the Valley.
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.
On Monday, November 27, the United States Supreme Court let
stand a California federal appellate court decision that could
chart a new course for Native American tribal groundwater
rights. In the case, Agua Caliente Band v. Coachella
Valley Water District, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of
Appeals for the Ninth Circuit had ruled on March 7 that the
tribe’s water rights include an aquifer that lies beneath the
Palm Springs-based tribe’s 31,500-acre reservation.
The U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday that it will not hear
an appeal by water agencies in the Agua Caliente Band of
Cahuilla Indians’ landmark lawsuit asserting rights to
groundwater beneath the tribe’s reservation.
This three-day, two-night tour explored the lower Colorado River
where virtually every drop of the river is allocated, yet demand
is growing from myriad sources — increasing population,
declining habitat, drought and climate change.
The 1,450-mile river is a lifeline to 40 million people in
the Southwest across seven states and Mexico. How the Lower Basin
states – Arizona, California and Nevada – use and manage this
water to meet agricultural, urban, environmental and industrial
needs is the focus of this tour.
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Despite a growing awareness, Northern California tribal members
struggle for the right to gather foods like acorns, mussels and
surf fish that have sustained their tribes for thousands of
years. … Samuel Gensaw III, 23, a Yurok from Requa (Del
Norte County) on the Klamath River, has been part of the fight
to remove four of the seven dams from the Klamath since he was
Tribal lawmakers reticent of developing sacred land at one of
the Seven Natural Wonders of the World said no Tuesday to a
multimillion-dollar project to build an aerial tram to take
paying visitors to a riverside boardwalk in the Grand Canyon.
… They have said the area is sacred and the proposed
development would mar the landscape where the Colorado River
meets the blue-green waters of the Little Colorado River.
When a top Interior Department official acknowledged recently
that the Trump administration wouldn’t try to block removal of
four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River, he signaled a
monumental victory for local Native American tribes, salmon
fishermen and the national dam removal movement.
Before rushing to join the Klamath River, the waters of Blue
Creek pause in a turquoise pool beside a bed of stone-gray
cobbles. Salmon pause here, too – coho and fall Chinook,
basking in the cool-water refuge to rally for the upstream swim
to spawning grounds. … Today the entire 47,000-acre
watershed near Redwood National Park is poised for protection
under an ambitious partnership between the tribe
and Western Rivers Conservancy.
The Trump administration is neglecting the U.S. government’s
obligation to build new homes for Indians whose original abodes
were submerged by dams along the Columbia River, members of
Congressional delegations from Oregon and Washington state
State regulators and fishing officials said at a Eureka hearing
on Friday that only by working together can they overcome the
trials and uncertainty that several California’s fisheries face
today. … The federal government declared a fishery disaster
in January for the 2015-2016 California Dungeness crab season
and the Yurok Tribe’s 2016 salmon season because of season
delays and poor catch.
Earlier this month, as wildfires were ripping through
California’s wine country, government and tribal agencies
collaborated with non-profits to deliberately set prescribed
fires further north in the western Klamath Mountains. The
Klamath Training Exchange – or TREX – strategically put fire on
the ground to protect towns from wildfire, to restore native
cultural traditions and to train crews in how to use “good
fire” to fend off “bad fire.”
In what one economic development expert calls a “unique case”
of a tribe’s water rights claims being backed by all players,
Arizona senators John McCain and Jeff Flake on September 7
filed a new bill to ratify the Hualapai Tribe’s water
settlement, an agreement negotiated between the tribe, Arizona,
the federal government and others. … The bill, if
enacted, will provide the tribe with 4,000 acre-feet of
Colorado River water.
The clear waters of the Colorado River flow gently through the
Headgate Rock diversion dam while boaters and Jet Skiers play
upstream in front of the Blue Water Resort and Casino. The dam
quietly siphons off almost one fourth of Arizona’s share
of Colorado River water and sends it to nearby fields of
alfalfa and cotton on the reservation of the Colorado River
This fall, the number of chinook salmon making their way from
the ocean up the Klamath River in the far northwest corner of
California is the lowest on record. That’s devastating news for
the Yurok tribe, which has lived along and fished the Klamath
Scientists at U.C. Davis have found a genetic distinction
between Chinook salmon that migrate in spring and fall. That
has a Northern California tribe calling to make spring Chinook
an endangered species. But some farmers are skeptical.
Documents filed with state regulators show that a fish farm
that broke apart Aug. 19 in the San Juan Islands released more
than 160,000 farm-raised Atlantic salmon into Washington state
waters — far more than the original estimate — and that the
holding pen for the fish was “due for complete replacement.”
… The accident prompted state and Native tribal
officials to declare a fish emergency.
Conservation and tribal groups are airing TV ads, sending
letters to President Donald Trump and creating parody websites
in a last-minute blitz to stop Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke
from downsizing or eliminating national monument areas that
cover large swaths of land and water from Maine to California.
The Trump administration this week is expected to release plans
for potentially shrinking or revoking the status of 21 national
monuments, setting the stage for a years-long legal battle that
could pit the White House against Indian tribes,
environmentalists and some western states.
Ancient bones and abundant artifacts lie along Pacheco Creek,
just north of Highway 152 at Pacheco Pass, where generations of
Native Americans lived, died and now rest in peace. But the
site is also where Silicon Valley’s largest water provider
plans to expand a reservoir, storing more water for our
region’s ever-growing thirst.
A dismal salmon run in the Klamath River has forced the Yurok
Tribe — which normally catches its salmon from the Klamath
River — to purchase the fish from an outside source for
its annual Salmon Festival on Saturday.
Days after the Environmental Protection Agency pledged to
reconsider damage claims it previously rejected after a mine
spill, the agency said Monday it could not review
multimillion-dollar requests from the state of New Mexico and
the Navajo Nation because both have sued the agency.
The U.S. Supreme Court has yet to decide whether it will hear
an appeal from water agencies and rule in the precedent-setting
legal fight over whether the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla
Indians holds rights to groundwater in the California desert.
Congressional appropriation committees are considering whether
to provide millions of dollars in disaster relief funds to West
Coast fishing fleets as part of the 2018 federal budget. …
The disaster declaration made in January by then-U.S. Secretary
of Commerce Penny Pritzker includes California’s Dungeness and
rock crab fishery as well as the Yurok Tribe’s Klamath River
Chinook salmon fishery.
Another troubling sign of the poor state of this year’s Pacific
Ocean salmon runs was discovered on one the Klamath River’s
tributaries after an annual fish survey counted the second
lowest number of spring-run Chinook salmon on record.
With New Zealand’s Southern Alps looming above, about 30
members of the Winnemem Wintu tribe from Northern California
sat on the windswept bank of the Rakaia River cradling in their
hands dark and wormy salmon fry, a long-lost relative finally
found. As they released the salmon into a gurgling rivulet, a
couple of Winnemem broke down in tears while others began
softly singing a prayer song, barely louder than the breeze.
The U.S. Supreme Court has never ruled on whether Indian tribes
hold special rights to the groundwater beneath their
reservations, and the court will now have a chance to settle
the question in a case that could redraw the lines in water
disputes across the country.
The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians’ 4-year-old legal
fight to assert rights to groundwater took a step forward on
Wednesday as a federal judge agreed to let the lawsuit proceed
while water agencies appeal an earlier ruling to the Supreme
Deep in California’s coastal woods near the Oregon border, the
[Yurok] reservation straddles the mighty Klamath River, the
tribe’s lifeblood for centuries. … Drought sparked a
water war in 2001, between the Indians along the river and
farmers in Oregon who relied on upper Klamath water for
Native American communities are bracing for a public health
crisis this year in California’s misty, rugged northwestern
corner. In the Pacific Ocean off the mouth of the Klamath
River, record-low numbers of fall-run adult Chinook salmon are
ready to make their annual migration up the river and its
primary tributary, the Trinity River, to spawn.
For the first time in its history, the Karuk Tribe will be
limiting ceremonial salmon harvests for tribal members because
of the record low forecast for returning Chinook salmon on the
Klamath River. … The tribe’s announcement came as the Pacific
Fishery Management Council met in Sacramento to discuss catch
limitations for this year’s salmon season.
California tribes and fishermen stated Thursday they will be
calling on Gov. Jerry Brown to declare a fisheries disaster
because of the dismal forecast for this year’s salmon season.
… These statements came exactly a year after top state,
federal and tribal officials gathered at the mouth of the
Klamath River to sign a renewed agreement to remove four dams
from the river.
The Coachella Valley’s largest water agencies will appeal to
the U.S. Supreme Court to settle the question of whether the
Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians has a federally
established right to groundwater beneath the tribe’s
reservation. … The case is likely to set an important
precedent for tribes across the country.
A federal appeals court has rejected the Desert Water Agency’s
challenge to a Department of the Interior regulation, denying
the agency’s argument that the rule could prevent it from
collecting millions of dollars in revenue from customers in the
Palm Springs area.
A federal appeals court sided with the Agua Caliente Band of
Cahuilla Indians on Tuesday in a landmark water case, upholding
a ruling that the tribe has federally established rights
to groundwater in the Coachella Valley.
The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation ramped up flows on the lower
Klamath River on Friday morning in an attempt to reduce the
risk of threatened fish from contracting a deadly parasite as
had occurred in years past. The move came just over a day after
a federal judge found that the bureau’s past dam operations had
caused harm to threatened juvenile Coho salmon in 2014 and
The U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker declared a
fisheries disaster for nine salmon and crab fisheries in
Alaska, Washington and California in January. Of the nine
fisheries, the two in California include the Dungeness and rock
crab fishery and the Yurok Tribe Klamath River Chinook salmon
River restoration on the Trinity River, the largest tributary
for the Klamath River, was not walk through the park. Instead
it was restoring what used to be labeled a dumping zone and
transforming it into salmon habitat by creating a separate
channel for the river.
The Agua Caliente tribe in Palm Springs argues it has a right
to groundwater. Stanford law professor Barton H. “Buzz”
Thompson explains how a federal court could soon resolve
century-old uncertainties around the issue.
Lawyers for the Coachella Valley’s largest water districts and
the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians presented their
arguments to a federal appeals court in a water rights case
that could set a precedent for tribes across the country.
The Winnemem Wintu Tribe of Shasta County has been tracing the
journey that follows the spawning route of the winter-run
chinook salmon to raise public awareness of the fish’s plight,
said Caleen Sisk, the Winemmem’s chief and spiritual leader.
The Bureau of Reclamation released water from the Trinity
Reservoir early Thursday morning to the lower Klamath River to
help prevent the spread a parasitic fish disease, within
Chinook salmon. Supplemental flows from the Lewiston Dam will
also extend into late September to protect the fall salmon run.
The American River, with headwaters in the Tahoe and El Dorado
National forests of the Sierra Nevada, is the birthplace of the
California Gold Rush. It currently serves as a major water
supply, recreational destination and habitat for hundreds of
species. The geologically diverse
North, Middle and South forks comprise the American
River or the Río de los Americanos, as it was called during
California’s Mexican rule.
From a Hoopa Valley Tribe press release: Today, the Hoopa
Valley Tribe (HVT) filed its lawsuit against the federal
government for violations of Endangered Species Act (ESA)
regarding its management actions on the Klamath River,
California’s second largest river system.
In a case that could have big implications for dams and other
development in the Northwest, a federal appeals court panel
said Monday that Native American tribes have a right not only
to fish for salmon, but for there to be salmon to catch — a
ruling that affirms the duty of the United States to protect
the habitat of the prized fish under treaties dating back more
than 150 years.
Anecita Agustinez has a unique job at a California
state agency – she dedicates 100 percent of her time to Native
American tribal issues. Her position as tribal policy advisor
for the Department of Water Resources was created in 2013
following Gov. Jerry Brown’s 2011 implementation of Executive
Order B-10-11, which required state agencies to develop
consultation policies with Tribes.
The tribe announced Wednesday it has filed a 60-day notice of
intent to sue the Bureau of Reclamation and the National
Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for violating the
Endangered Species Act (ESA).
A Cabinet secretary, two governors, a congressman, tribal
leaders and others will be in Del Norte County on Wednesday
morning to announce a plan that has been debated and delayed
for years: the removal of dams on the Klamath River.
The Obama administration and California officials are expected
to announce a landmark agreement Wednesday to tear down four
hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River, bypassing Congress to
restore a major salmon fishery on the Oregon border.
The Obama administration is sounding alarms over potential
dangers in the water supplies on the nation’s Indian
reservations, saying the vast majority of tribal members live
on reservations that haven’t adopted federally approved
Nearly three years after the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla
Indians sued the Coachella Valley’s largest water districts,
the two sides remain just as far apart in a case that
could force changes in how water is managed locally and set a
precedent for similar disputes nationwide.
The regulations adopted by the State Water Resources Control
Board require all those who divert water from rivers and
streams to measure and report how much they use annually.
… In a separate decision, the state water board ended a
more than decade-long dispute with the Morongo Band of Mission
Indians by deciding not to revoke a license held by the tribe.
Three million gallons of contaminated water from the Gold King
Mine poured into Colorado’s Animas River in August, laden with
cadmium, lead and arsenic. … Navajo Nation Council Speaker
LoRenzo Bates, a farmer, spoke to the Los Angeles Times about
the effect of the spill on his life and the Navajo Nation.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced more than
$30 million in funding to native tribes in California and
Nevada. The announcement came at the 23rd Annual
Regional Tribal Conference Tuesday in Reno, Nevada.
The following was issued by the Yurok Tribe: Over the past
decade, the Yurok Tribe has worked diligently to bring together
diverse irrigation, environmental, tribal, power industry,
federal, and state parties to develop a workable solution for
the Klamath River that would remove the Klamath River dams,
restore the fishery, and protect tribal water rights. …
Unfortunately, Congress has failed to pass legislation
authorizing the agreements …
It might seem easy, summarizing the conflict over the Trinity
River in Northern California. But amid record drought, this
long-running and singular battle has become a case study about
the difficulties in balancing Western water use.
With ceremonial dam release flows expected to reach the Trinity
River waters near Hoopa this evening, federal and tribal
officials are still working out the details and timeline on
another set of dam releases proposed to protect salmonids on
the lower Klamath River from deadly infections caused by warm,
A federal plan to prevent a potential fish kill this summer on
the lower Klamath River drew criticism on Monday from Hoopa
Valley and Yurok tribe officials, who condemned the proposal as
a lukewarm response to the threat of rising water temperatures
and deadly parasites.
As California implements a landmark law to balance demand for
groundwater with available supplies, an Indian tribe’s lawsuit
in federal court has the potential to add new layers of
complexity to managing a prized resource that is in short
supply during California’s worst ever drought.
Members of the Klamath Tribes are speaking out against the
Klamath water settlements and the new land base being written
into them. … The land base transfer now being considered is
part of SB 133, the Klamath Water Recovery and Economic
The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted
unanimously to send a letter to the federal government making a
formal request for its promised 50,000 acre-feet of Trinity
River water in advance of another summer of drought and
While the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation began releasing Lewiston
Dam water into the Trinity River on Wednesday as part of an
ongoing restoration project, Humboldt County and the Hoopa
Valley Tribe are seeking for the agency to make another release
later this year to prevent fish-kill conditions.
The parties in a dispute over the fate of cultural materials
discovered in Sutter County have expressed a willingness to
solve the issue, but the path toward an agreement remains
uncertain and time is short.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the [United Auburn Indian
Community] UAIC disagree about the return of the items
uncovered last summer during the Feather River West Levee
project, even as both sides meet to resolve the issue.
The chairman of the Klamath Tribes said Friday that the
unexpected sale of private timberlands the tribes had hoped to
regain to rebuild their lost reservation jeopardizes agreements
to settle longstanding battles over water.
Plans for a long-sought municipal aquatic center in Windsor
were introduced this week by the Lytton Band of Pomo Indians,
who are willing to pay to build it in exchange for obtaining
water and sewer service to the tribe’s planned housing project.
Elected and tribal officials applauded a U.S. Department of the
Interior legal opinion released on Friday, which calls for
Humboldt County and downstream water users to receive the
annual 50,000 acre-feet of Trinity Reservoir water promised to
the area under a law and a contract approved nearly 60 years
More than 45 years after five North County Indian tribes filed
suit against two water agencies and the U.S. Government for
having diverted 90 percent of the water flowing through the San
Luis Rey, a settlement agreement has been signed by all the
parties. All that now remains is for the deal to be approved by
Congress early next year.
Windsor could finally be getting a long-desired municipal
swimming facility, courtesy of the Lytton Band of Pomo Indians,
in exchange for the town extending water and sewer service to a
planned tribal housing project.
Two water districts, the federal government, and the Agua
Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians are laying out their
arguments in a lawsuit over water, focusing on the question of
whether the tribe has rights to groundwater.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced $5.4 million
in funding to invest in Northern Calif. tribes’ environmental
programs, water infrastructure development, community education
and capacity building. The announcement was made at the 22nd
annual Regional Tribal Conference in Sacramento, Calif.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced $5.4 million
in funding to invest in Central Calif. tribes for environmental
programs, water infrastructure development, community education
and capacity building. The announcement was made at the 22nd
Annual Regional Tribal Conference in Sacramento, Calif.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced $5.6 million
in funding to invest in Southern Calif. tribes for
environmental programs, water infrastructure development,
community education and capacity building. The announcement was
made at the 22nd Annual Regional Tribal Conference in
This 109-page publication details the importance of protecting
source water – surface water and groundwater – on reservations
from pollution and includes a step-by-step work plan for tribes
interested in developing a protection plan for their drinking
water. The workbook is designed to serve as a template for such
programs, with forms and tables for photocopying. It also offers
a simplified approach for assessment and protection that focuses
on identifying and managing immediate contamination threats.
20-minute version of the 2012 documentary The Klamath Basin: A
Restoration for the Ages. This DVD is ideal for showing at
community forums and speaking engagements to help the public
understand the complex issues related to complex water management
disputes in the Klamath River Basin. Narrated by actress Frances
For over a century, the Klamath River Basin along the Oregon and
California border has faced complex water management disputes. As
relayed in this 2012, 60-minute public television documentary
narrated by actress Frances Fisher, the water interests range
from the Tribes near the river, to energy producer PacifiCorp,
farmers, municipalities, commercial fishermen, environmentalists
– all bearing legitimate arguments for how to manage the water.
After years of fighting, a groundbreaking compromise may soon
settle the battles with two epic agreements that hold the promise
of peace and fish for the watershed. View an excerpt from the
This 30-minute DVD explains the importance of developing a source
water assessment program (SWAP) for tribal lands and by profiling
three tribes that have created SWAPs. Funded by a grant from the
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the video complements the
Foundation’s 109-page workbook, Protecting Drinking Water: A
Workbook for Tribes, which includes a step-by-step work plan for
Tribes interested in developing a protection plan for their
This beautiful 24×36 inch poster, suitable for framing, displays
the rivers, lakes and reservoirs, irrigated farmland, urban areas
and Indian reservations within the Klamath River Watershed. The
map text explains the many issues facing this vast,
15,000-square-mile watershed, including fish restoration;
agricultural water use; and wetlands. Also included are
descriptions of the separate, but linked, Klamath Basin
Restoration Agreement and the Klamath Hydroelectric Agreement,
and the next steps associated with those agreements. Development
of the map was funded by a grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
This beautiful 24×36 inch poster, suitable for framing, displays
the rivers, lakes and reservoirs, irrigated farmland, urban areas
and Indian reservations within the Truckee River Basin, including
the Newlands Project, Pyramid Lake and Lake Tahoe. Map text
explains the issues surrounding the use of the Truckee-Carson
rivers, Lake Tahoe water quality improvement efforts, fishery
restoration and the effort to reach compromise solutions to many
of these issues.
This 24×36 inch poster, suitable for framing, illustrates the
water resources available for Nevada cities, agriculture and the
environment. It features natural and manmade water resources
throughout the state, including the Truckee and Carson rivers,
Lake Tahoe, Pyramid Lake and the course of the Colorado River
that forms the state’s eastern boundary.
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 28-page Layperson’s Guide to Water Rights Law, recognized as
the most thorough explanation of California water rights law
available to non-lawyers, traces the authority for water flowing
in a stream or reservoir, from a faucet or into an irrigation
ditch through the complex web of California water rights.
The 24-page Layperson’s Guide to Integrated Regional Water
Management (IRWM) is an in-depth, easy-to-understand publication
that provides background information on the principles of IRWM,
its funding history and how it differs from the traditional water
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.
The Coachella Valley in Southern California’s Inland Empire is
one of several valleys throughout the state with a water district
established to support agriculture.
Like the others, the Coachella Valley Water District in Riverside
County delivers water to arid agricultural lands and constructs,
operates and maintains a regional agricultural drainage system.
These systems collect drainage water from individual farm drain
outlets and convey the water to a point of reuse, disposal or
This printed issue of Western Water explores the
historic nature of some of the key agreements in recent years,
future challenges, and what leading state representatives
identify as potential “worst-case scenarios.” Much of the content
for this issue of Western Water came from the in-depth
panel discussions at the Colorado River Symposium. The Foundation
will publish the full proceedings of the Symposium in 2012.
This printed issue of Western Water explores some of the major
challenges facing Colorado River stakeholders: preparing for
climate change, forging U.S.-Mexico water supply solutions and
dealing with continued growth in the basins states. Much of the
content for this issue of Western Water came from the in-depth
panel discussions at the September 2009 Colorado River Symposium.
This issue of Western Water examines the challenges facing state,
federal and tribal officials and other stakeholders as they work
to manage terminal lakes. It includes background information on
the formation of these lakes, and overviews of the water quality,
habitat and political issues surrounding these distinctive bodies
of water. Much of the information in this article originated at
the September 2004 StateManagement Issues at Terminal Water
Bodies/Closed Basins conference.