Lower Colorado Regional Office
The Lower Colorado Regional Office manages and operates the lower Colorado River system in a manner that respects the rights and obligations established under the existing "Law of the River" while seeking creative ways to meet the changing and contemporary needs of the river basin. To help accomplish this, we have several key objectives:
Effectively carry out the Secretary of the Interior's role as watermaster of the lower Colorado River, in consultation with the Colorado River Basin states, Native American Tribes, the Republic of Mexico and other interested parties. This includes the contracting and accounting of water deliveries.
Continue delivering of 9 million acre-feet of water and production of 6 billion kilowatt-hours of hydroelectric energy annually from lower Colorado River dams and associated powerplants.
Develop and analyze adaptation and mitigation strategies to resolve water supply and demand imbalances in the Colorado River Basin.
Implement the Lower Colorado River Multi-Species Conservation Plan to achieve long-term Endangered Species Act (ESA) compliance for river operation and management.
Implement the necessary management programs for meeting salinity standards for Colorado River water supplies delivered to Mexico;dredging and bankline/levee maintenance to protect property adjacent to the river from high flows; reducing sediment accumulation that could impact the delivery of water in the U.S. and Mexico, and for cooperatively restoring backwaters along the river.
Participating in study groups and Federal negotiating teams work toward finalizing and implementing Native American Water Rights settlements to Colorado River water.
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Updated: June 2015