Future of the Colorado River Project

Goals

This project explores alternative Colorado River water supply and river management strategies. Our goals are threefold:

  • To develop new tools and approaches by which the river-ecosystem outcomes of water-supply decisions can be considered;
  • To explicitly evaluate a range of water-supply management approaches that meet water-supply security and reliability needs of Colorado River water users; and,
  • To identify, articulate, and evaluate alternative water-supply management approaches offered by traditional and non-traditional Colorado River stakeholders. Evaluations will be conducted from the perspectives of water supply and of river ecosystems, using traditional and non-traditional modeling approaches.

This project is being conducted in recognition of the impending re-negotiation of the Colorado River Interim Guidelines for Lower Basin Shortages and Coordinated Operations of Lake Powell and Lake Mead. Formal discussion of those Guidelines is to begin in 2020. The Future of the Colorado River (FCR) project is organized within the Center for Colorado River Studies at Utah State University.

Publications

White Paper 1: Fill Mead First: A Technical Assessement

The Fill Mead First (FMF) plan would establish Lake Mead reservoir as the primary water storage facility of the main-stem Colorado River and would relegate Lake Powell reservoir to a secondary water storage facility to be used only when Lake Mead is full....

Consulting Team

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Engineering
Utah Water Research Laboratory
Colorado River
Faculty
Ecology Center
Colorado River Faculty
Team
Ecology Faculty
Directory
Team
Colorado River
Emeriti
Watershed Sciences
Ecology Faculty
Jack Schmidt
Directory
WATS
Colorado River Faculty
Professor
Ecology Center
Dr. (John) Jack C. Schmidt

Dr. (John) Jack C. Schmidt

Professor Emeritus, Janet Quinney Lawson Chair in Colorado River Studies

(435) 797-1791

jack.schmidt@usu.edu

Colorado River
Team
Kevin Wheeler

Kevin Wheeler

Consulting Team Member

Advisory Committee

Colorado River
Advisory Committee
Eric Balken

Eric Balken

Advisory Committee Member

Colorado River
Advisory Committee
Anne Castle

Anne Castle

Advisory Committee Member

Colorado River
Advisory Committee
John Fleck

John Fleck

Advisory Committee Member

Colorado River
Advisory Committee
Mary Kelly

Mary Kelly

Advisory Committee Member

Advisory Committee
Colorado River
Eric Kuhn

Eric Kuhn

Advisory Committee Member

Colorado River
Advisory Committee
John Weisheit

John Weisheit

Advisory Committee Member