California’s Water Wars Serve As a ‘Bellwether’ for Colorado River Negotiations

After three decades of water wars in Southern California, policy experts hope a new era in collaborative management will offer inspiration for the ongoing and complex negotiations over Colorado River allocations amid a historic and deepening drought.

Those lessons need to catapult us forward,” said Patricia Mulroy, former head of the Southern Nevada Water Authority, during the fall meeting for the Association of California Water Agencies in December. These states, these constituencies, these communities cannot afford for these discussions to crater. Failure is not an option.”