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Colorado River

Protecting one of the most valuable resources in the West

We support local and national efforts to ensure healthy rivers throughout the Colorado River Basin by addressing the region’s overuse of water, creating a flexible market-based water management system, rewarding efficiency and restoring targeted flows and riparian habitat in both the Upper and Lower Colorado River Basins. 

We focus our work in the Upper Colorado River Basin (Colorado, Utah, Wyoming and New Mexico) and Lower Colorado River Basin (Nevada, California, Arizona and Mexico).

Over the next five years, we will employ the following strategies throughout the entire Colorado River Basin — upper river, lower river and delta:

  • Test whether water markets work for agriculture, cities and rivers;
  • Expand financing for agricultural and urban water efficiency;
  • Directly improve river flows and riparian habitat in targeted geographies; and
  • Support development of priority Lower Basin water agreements.

Report: Colorado River Critical Infrastructure Needs White Paper >