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Moving Forward on Colorado River Basin
Water Supply and Demand Challenges

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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 Tuesday, May 28, 2013, Department of Interior Assistant Secretary for Water and Science Anne Castle and Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Michael L. Connor convened key stakeholders representing 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, Calif. identified next steps to address actions identified in the Study, issued in December of 2012.

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.

Phase 1 of the Next Steps activities includes the formation of a Coordination Team and three Workgroups with members who represent federal, state, tribal, agricultural, municipal, hydropower, environmental and recreational interests. The coordination team is a multi-stakeholder group that directs and reviews the efforts of the three workgroups: the Municipal and Industrial Conservation and Water Reuse Workgroup, the Agricultural Conservation and Water Transfers Workgroup, and the Healthy Flows Workgroup. Each workgroup consists of members with subject-matter expertise from various entities in an effort to bring important and varying perspectives to build on collaborative findings to pursue the next steps identified in the Colorado River Basin Study.

Additional information, questions, and/or comments on the Study may be directed to:

e-mail: ColoradoRiverBasinStudy@usbr.gov
phone: 702-293-8500
fax: 702-293-8042

Webmaster: Colleen Dwyer, cdwyer@usbr.gov
Updated: July 2013