Breaking News Stories

Utah says it shouldn’t have to take Colorado River cuts. Other states say it needs to.

Western states that rely on the Colorado River say they want to manage the river sustainably in the face of climate change and ensure a predictable water supply for their residents.

To achieve these goals, they take different approaches.

On Wednesday, after months of negotiations, the Upper Colorado River Basin states (Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming) and Lower River Basin states (Arizona, Nevada, California) announced a deal on how to operate the Colorado River and its reservoirs beyond 2026. announced separate plans. When the current operational guidelines expire. Each watershed submitted a plan to the Bureau of Reclamation, the federal agency that manages water utilities across the country.

The Colorado River Compact of 1922 divided the seven states that use the river's water into two basins. The upper reaches are fed by the river itself, while the lower reaches are fed by the nation's largest reservoirs, Lake Powell and Lake Mead.

All seven states attempted to develop a unified plan for both basins beyond 2026, but a consensus was not reached and separate proposals will be submitted today.

Read the full text here

This article is published through the Utah News Collaborative, a partnership of Utah news organizations designed to inform readers across Utah.

Share this post:

Related Posts