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Colorado River Basin Water Supply and Demand Study

Moving Forward to Address Challenges Identified in the Study

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Interior Leaders Discuss Moving Forward to Address Challenges Identified in the Study

Video of Moving Forward Event, May 28, 2013, San Diego

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Colorado River Basin Water Supply and Demand Study

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In 2012, the Bureau of Reclamation, in partnership with the seven Colorado River Basin States, published the most comprehensive study of future supplies and demands on the Colorado River ever undertaken. The Colorado River Basin Water Supply and Demand Study confirmed what most experts knew: there are likely to be significant shortfalls between projected water supplies and demands in the Colorado River Basin in coming decades.

On May 28, 2013, Department of the Interior Assistant Secretary for Water and Science Anne Castle and Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Michael L. Connor convened key stakeholders representing the Basin States, Native American Tribes, and the conservation community to discuss the future of the Colorado River Basin. The Moving Forward event in San Diego, California, identified next steps to address actions identified in the Study.


Those who rely on the Colorado River and its tributaries are committed to approaching these future challenges with the same steadfastness that they have approached and overcome past challenges. Following the call to action of the Study and as a first step in that commitment, all that rely on the Colorado are taking initial steps —working together — to identify positive solutions that can be implemented to meet the challenges ahead. 

For additional information or questions about the Study, contact:
e-mail: ColoradoRiverBasinStudy@usbr.gov
phone: 702-293-8500
fax: 702-293-8042
TTY/TDD Relay: Dial 711

Last Updated: 6/5/15