Reclamation to host March 23 public meeting on Colorado River Basin Water Supply and Demand Study; will be webinar also

Media Contact: Robert Walsh , 702-293-8421
Terrance Fulp, (702) 293-8411

For Release: March 19, 2010

The Bureau of Reclamation will conduct a public meeting on the Colorado River Basin Water Supply and Demand Study in Las Vegas, Nev., on Tuesday, March 23rd to provide information, receive feedback, and answer questions about this comprehensive, two-year study to analyze current and future water supplies and demands within the Colorado River Basin.

The meeting will include presentations on the study objectives, structure, schedule, public involvement plan, and possible approaches for Phase 1 (current and future water supply assessment) and Phase 2 (current and future water demand assessment) of the study.

The meeting will be broadcast on the Internet via an interactive webinar so individuals who cannot attend the meeting can view the presentations, submit questions, and offer feedback.

What: Public meeting/webinar on Colorado River Basin Study

When: Tuesday, March 23, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. PDT

Where: Molasky Corporate Center, 100 City Parkway, Suite 700 (7th floor) Las Vegas, Nev. (Park in the garage and bring your parking stub to the main desk on the 7th floor for validation.)

Webinar Information: The webinar can be accessed at This link also may be used to register prior to the start of the webinar. For technical questions please call 702-293-8500.

The study will define current and future imbalances in water supply and demand in the Colorado River Basin and the adjacent areas of the Basin States that receive Colorado River water for approximately the next 50 years. It will also include an analysis of adaptation and mitigation strategies to resolve those imbalances.

The Bureau of Reclamation's Upper Colorado and Lower Colorado Regions, in collaboration with representatives of the seven Colorado River Basin States, are funding the study, which is being conducted under Reclamation's Basin Study Program as authorized by Title IX, Subtitle F of Public Law 111-11, the SECURE Water Act. The Study's estimated $2 million cost will be equally shared by the Basin States and Reclamation.

Additional background information about the study and associated documents can be found at

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