Colorado River Users, Facing Historic Uncertainty, Are Set to Meet in Las Vegas Next Month

As Colorado River water users prepare to meet in Las Vegas next month, the reality they face is one of growing uncertainty with few simple options left on the negotiating table. The math is well understood: There are more demands for the river than there is water coming into its reservoirs. But cutting back at the scale necessary — and on a voluntary basis — has proven painstakingly difficult this year as top officials from across the Colorado River watershed have failed to reach a settlement.

Water Officials Set to Wring More Savings From Stressed Colorado River

Last week water officials from Nevada and two other Colorado River states said they would reduce their draws from the ailing waterway.

Now they need to make that happen.

Water leaders in Nevada, Arizona, and California signed an agreement to voluntarily reduce their take from the Colorado River to help stave off mandatory cuts in the upcoming years.

With The Colorado River in Crisis, Those Who Decide Its Future Gather Under One Roof

The river that supplies water to about 40 million people is getting worryingly dry. Since the federal government officially declared a water shortage this summer, the Colorado River has been thrust into national headlines, and so have the scientists and decision makers who track and shape its future.

Who Should Pay For Water Conservation in the West? Water Managers Wade Into Discussion

Water managers from throughout the Colorado River Basin took the stage at the Colorado River Water Users Association conference earlier this month to talk about conserving water in the face of the twin threats to the river: increasing demand and climate change.