Gov. Cox appoints Paul Tsosie to Colorado River Authority Board

States Respond to Reclamation Commissioner Request

The Upper Division States release 5 Point Plan in response to Commissioner Camille Touton's request for reductions in Colorado River water use. 

States Response to Reclamation Commissioner Request 7 18 2022

2022 Annual Report of Colorado River Authority of Utah

Gov. Cox, state leaders and the Colorado River Authority of Utah applaud Washington County

Cooperative Action to Protect Lake Powell

The Basin States Respond to Department of Interior Proposal to Reduce Risks to Lake Powell Elevations & Critical Infrastructure.

May 3, 2022 Department of Interior Decision

April 22, 2022 State's Response

Department of Interior Proposal 

Governor Issues Drought Emergency Order

Governor Spencer J. Cox Issues Drought Emergency Order

Reclamation Commissioner Announcement

Reclamation Commissioner Camille Touton Announces Need for Substantial Reductions in Colorado River Use in 2023 (June 14, 2022 Testimony Before Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee)

Our Vision

Leverage science, engineering, and measurement and monitoring of diversions and streams to facilitate improved management of Utah’s water usage
Enhance and develop tools to assist long-term understanding of what water is available to develop
Provide leadership and recommendations on how to use Utah’s share more efficiently. Develop management best practices based on data and supply variability
Strengthen relationships among the Upper Basin states to find united technical and legal strategies and negotiate productively for the future
Enter all negotiations of the seven Colorado River Basin states from a best-for-everyone approach while maintaining a strong needs-based voice for Utah’s future
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"The Colorado Authority elevates Utah to a position of strength and next-generation thinking."
Brad Wilson
Speaker of the House of Representatives
"Utah is building on something we can rely on for 100+ years with the Colorado River Authority."
J. Stuart Adams
President of the Utah Senate
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Scientists began modeling hydrology well before computers existed and continue to use best practices, blending experience, common sense, and new technology to forecast water supply conditions. As stress on the water supply increases, the need to protect, preserve and stretch every drop is critical. Conservation is the best and first approach to mitigating water supply shortages. The Colorado River Authority of Utah is committed to stewardship of this finite — and precious — resource through proactive conservation measures. The Authority will produce a roadmap for Utah’s Colorado River Basin, including use of our water supply, role of conservation, and other opportunities and underlying threats.


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“Utah is building on something we can rely on for 100+ years with the Colorado River Authority.”
– President of the Utah Senate, J. Stuart Adams

Why the Colorado River Matters

One of Two Largest Drainage
The Colorado River Basin and its drainage is one of the two largest in the United States, along with the Columbia River Basin in the Pacific Northwest.

40 Million People in the West
The Colorado River provides municipal and industrial water for over 40 million people living in the major Western metropolitan areas of Los Angeles, Phoenix, Albuquerque, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Denver, and San Diego.

1,440 Miles Long
The Colorado River is 1,440 miles long and passes through seven states and Mexico.