The Center for Colorado River Studies News
April in the Field
Students from the Center for Colorado River Studies headed to the field in April, 2019 to get in-person experience on the river. The USU class called "River Planning and Management" is a collaborative course for water resources and engineering students. T...
Center Applauds New Study to Measure Powell Evaporation
The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the Desert Research Institute are working to better understand evaporation rates at Lake Powell, one of the key recommendations from the 2016 “Fill Mead First” report from the Center for Colorado River Studies.
“The urgency is real because our system is stressed by warmer temperatures,” Colorado’s lead water official, James Eklund, told the House Natural Resources Committee last week. “When water resources are stressed in any river basin, our environments and pe...
Colorado River Science: Moab -- Jonathan Thompson
Author and High Country News journalist Jonathan Thompson will present April 26, 7 pm at Star Hall in Moab, Utah. Thompson is a native Westerner with deep roots in southwestern Colorado. He owned and edited the Silverton Standard & the Miner newspaper in ...
The Future of the Colorado River Symposium
On October 13, 2018 we asked national experts -- can you rehabilitate a stressed river ecosystem and still meet the water needs of 40 million people? Find out what they said.
As Utah dries up, lawmakers look for smarter ways to transfer, use — and not use — water
Will Utah have sufficient water in an era of declining stream flows to support a population expected to double, strong agriculture, recreation economies and a healthy environment? While that sounds like having your Diet Coke and drinking it, too, water po...
SL Trib: Lake Powell could become a ‘dead pool’
Bullfrog Marina • Ever since the Colorado River began filling Utah’s Glen Canyon and its countless side canyons in 1963, conservationists have been calling for emptying the lake that now supports a recreation economy and power generation. Climate change, ...
Fear And Grieving In Las Vegas: Colorado River Managers Struggle With Water Scarcity
On stage in a conference room at Las Vegas's Caesars Palace, Keith Moses said coming to terms with the limits of the Colorado River is like losing a loved one. "It reminds me of the seven stages of grief," Moses said. "Because I think we've been in denial...
Ten Tribes Partnership Tribal Water Study
The Colorado River Basin Ten Tribes Partnership Tribal Water Study has been released. The study documents how Partnership Tribes currently use their water, projects how future water development could occur and describes the potential effects of future tri...
Presentations from the AGU meeting - DC
Check out our colleagues' presentations from the fall AGU meeting held in Washington DC in December 2018.
Changes Proposed to Flaming Gorge Operations
Unhappy with the current way Flaming Gorge is being operated, a group of stakeholders recently proposed changes they feel will benefit both local wildlife and the residents who live near the national recreation area.
Restoring a Damned River with Experimental Flooding
Experimental releases that mimic natural floods have nudged the Colorado River ecosystem back toward its natural state, but have not fully restored the river.
Controlled Flood on the Grand Canyon begins a Four-day Exercise on the Colorado River
The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation begins a four-day controlled flood of the Grand Canyon. The goal is to help move sand and sediment down the Colorado River the way the river's natural flows did before construction of Glen Canyon Dam.
From AZ Central: In the 55 years since the federal government poured more than 5 million cubic yards of concrete across the Colorado River to form Glen Canyon Dam, the demand for water and electricity in Arizona, Nevada and California has turned the river...
Shrinking snowpack in the Colorado River watershed is not just a water supply problem, but could also lead to a variety of water quality concerns. Listen to two experts describe these changes and how we might adapt.
Bay-Delta Science Conference
"Adaptive management will flounder, says a veteran of efforts on the Colorado River, "if it's only guided by stakeholder concerns and is tightly constrained by nuanced policy considerations."
Center Gauges 'Fill Mead First' Plan
In a technical assessment of scientific issues associated with the proposed project Jack Schmidt, center director and professor in the Department of Watershed Sciences, offers an exhaustive analysis of anticipated water savings and possible risks of FMF’s...
Should Iconic Lake Powell Be Drained?
From Scientific American: Jack Schmidt, a former chief of the U.S. Geological Survey's Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center, says the science doesn't back it up. Instead, it could cause "one hell of a problem," said Schmidt.