Coyote Gulch's Colorado Water
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Tuesday, August 30, 2005

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The Colorado River Compact states have signed a letter of agreement for managing the water in the Colorado River, according to the Rocky Mountain News [August 30, 2005, "States aim for drought deal"]. From the article, "Among key ideas the states have agreed to examine, according to Colorado negotiator Jim Lochhead: An agreement not to sue one another for several years over the 1922 Colorado River Compact, which divides the river's waters between the Upper Basin states of Colorado, Wyoming, Utah and New Mexico, and the Lower Basin states of California, Arizona and Nevada; A promise to look at whether Lake Powell and Lake Mead, the two largest storage structures on the river, can be operated so that each has roughly equal levels; A new management plan for the two reservoirs could help both the Upper and Lower basins better manage their supplies; It could also protect Upper Basin states from a demand for extra water in times of shortages in the Lower Basin, Lochhead said; A promise to lobby for federal funding for such things as additional water conservation and storage projects in the Lower Basin, desalination projects and basinwide cloud-seeding programs."

Category: Colorado Water
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