Colorado River Growers Say They’re Ready to Save Water, but Need to Build Trust With States and Feds

The Colorado River is in trouble, and farmers and ranchers are on the front lines of the crisis.

A new report surveyed more than 1,020 irrigators across six of the seven states that use the river’s water: Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. About 70% said they are already responding to water shortages but many identified a trust gap with state and federal agencies that are trying to incentivize further water savings.