Plans

On this page you will find various published plans from the Upper Colorado Basin. Those plans that are recurring are grouped together and listed chronologically, those that do not fall in to a grouped category are listed chronologically in the Miscellaneous Plans section.

Annual Operating Plans for Colorado River Reservoirs

Each year's Annual Operating Plan for Colorado River Reservoirs reports on both the past operations of the Colorado River reservoirs for the completed year as well as projected operations and releases from these reservoirs for the current (i.e., upcoming) year.

Annual Operating Plans are developed in accordance with Section 602 of the Colorado River Basin Project Act (Public Law 90-537); the Criteria for Coordinated Long-Range Operation of Colorado River Reservoirs Pursuant to the Colorado River Basin Project Act of September 30, 1968, as amended, promulgated by the Secretary of the Interior; and Section 1804(c)(3) of the Grand Canyon Protection Act (Public Law 102-575).

Plans are prepared in consultation with representatives of the Governors of the seven Colorado River Basin States, Indian Tribes, Upper Colorado River Commission, appropriate Federal agencies, and others interested in Colorado River operations.

Publication Date Report Title
12/2019 Annual Operating Plan for Colorado River Reservoirs 2020 Link is to a PDF file
07/2019 Annual Operating Plan for Colorado River Reservoirs 2019 Link is to a PDF file
12/2017 Annual Operating Plan for Colorado River Reservoirs 2018 Link is to a PDF file
12/2016 Annual Operating Plan for Colorado River Reservoirs 2017 Link is to a PDF file
01/2016 Annual Operating Plan for Colorado River Reservoirs 2016 Link is to a PDF file
12/2014 Annual Operating Plan for Colorado River Reservoirs 2015 Link is to a PDF file
12/2013 Annual Operating Plan for Colorado River Reservoirs 2014 Link is to a PDF file
01/2013 Annual Operating Plan for Colorado River Reservoirs 2013 Link is to a PDF file
12/2011 Annual Operating Plan for Colorado River Reservoirs 2012 Link is to a PDF file
01/2011 Annual Operating Plan for Colorado River Reservoirs 2011 Link is to a PDF file
01/2010 Annual Operating Plan for Colorado River Reservoirs 2010 Link is to a PDF file

Please contact the Water Operations Group at  ResourceMgr@usbr.gov for additional questions or information.

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For more infomation about the Plans listed above contact: ucrnepa@usbr.gov

Last updated 5/13/21