41st Annual Colorado Law Conference on Natural Resources

Equity in the Colorado River Basin: How to Sustainably Manage a Shrinking Resource

In any given year of late, demands for water in the Colorado River Basin exceed supply. Chronic drought, record heat, and rampant wildfires are already affecting the Basin’s overall health and resilience, and the historically low levels in Lakes Mead and Powell raise the specter of an unprecedented call on the river. These historic challenges come at a time when several key components of the “Law of the River” are sunsetting in 2026. Key players are already revisiting the 2007 Interim Guidelines, Minute 323, and the 2019 Drought Contingency Plan. Relatedly, endangered fish programs relevant to the region expire in 2023. Meanwhile, 48% of tribal households in the U.S. do not have access to reliable water sources, clean drinking water, or basic sanitation. These harsh realities hasten the need to advance sustainable water management, improve watershed resilience, and ensure clean water access through collaborative decision-making. We look forward to bringing together diverse expertise from across the region to draw the roadmap to an equitable future in the Colorado River Basin.

Conference Reception celebrating the career of Dr. Doug Kenney
Wednesday, September 29th

41st Annual Colorado Law Conference on Natural Resources
Thursday, September 30th and Friday, October 1st

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Series Recordings Now Available Online

The Water & Tribes Initiative: Tribal Water Rights & a Sustainable Vision for the Colorado River Basin

Tuesday, April 27, 2021
CLE Accreditation, Policy Briefs, and Event Video

Farther & Faster: The Integral Role of Technology in an Equitable Clean-Energy Economy

Friday, April 30, 2021
CLE Accreditation and Event Video

Land, Water, and People: The Natural Resource Priorities of the Biden Administration

Thursday, May 13, 2021
CLE Accreditation and Event Video