Lower Colorado River Companion Reader

Here's a whole pile of pertinent news stories and resources on the Lower Colorado. Don't feel compelled to read all (or any!) of them in advance of the institute, but do feel free to peruse them at your leisure. This page will remain active after the institute is over, so you'll be able to return to it in the future.

Infrastructure & development

Down with the Glen Canyon Dam? 

The Colorado River's desalination plant is on its last legs

Delta tunnels project needs water agencies to pay for it. Why some are hesitating

Group of San Joaquin farmers says they're willing to pay for the Delta tunnels

Court upholds uranium mining ban around Grand Canyon by allows nearby mine



Money for water: A pilot project wins over skeptical farmers and ranchers

A new fight over water in the California desert, with echoes of 'Chinatown'

Can marijuana save this 'dying' town on the California-Arizona border?


wildlife & ecology

Dispatch from Mexico: A historic pulse of water to restore the delta 

Simulated flood injected life into thirsty Colorado River delta, new data shows

California far from solutions as Salton Sea crisis looms

Why a Colorado River reunion with the sea isn't a guarantee

Proposed Salton Sea deal would commit California to acting on pledges as lake shrinks

The efficiency paradox

Dust and snow



Who stole the Colorado River? Scientists say rising temperatures

Climate change worsening Colorado River droughts

Climate change is shrinking the Colorado River

Rising temperatures sucking water out of the Colorado River


business & economics

A Free-Market Plan to Save the American West from Drought

Water hustle

The water czar who reshaped Colorado River politics

Court ruling throws a wrench in two big upcoming water decisions

To save their water supply, Colorado farmers taxed themselves



To these pastors, saving the Colorado River is a divine command

Leche Y Miel


Colorado River reporting resources

Where the River Runs Dry

Chasing Water

How low will it go?

Colorado Water Plan

Encounters with the Archdruid (excerpt)

Killing the Colorado (series)


allocation, Supply & Demand

U.S. and Mexico agree to share a shrinking Colorado River

Mohave County fighting CAP proposal to buy, move water to Tucson, Phoenix suburbs

California water project could cramp Colorado River plan

Water managers seek certainty in Colorado Basin

As the River Runs Dry:
The Southwest's water crisis (Part 1)

An ongoing battle between urban and rural water users (Part 2)

Growing Utah town wants even more water via pipeline

Arizona warns developers: There may not be enough water to build in Pinal County

Water fight tied directly to Arizona's growth

Decades later, Las Vegas pipeline project remains stalled by legal challenges

Court upholds plan to pipe groundwater to Las Vegas Valley

Who controls the water? Arizona agencies slug it out



Colorado snowpack worst in more than 30 years in some areas leaving water suppliers on high alert

Should we 'freak out' over water supply, drought?

An elusive Colorado River drought plan fails to materialize - for now

Clouds with a silver lining


tribal water issues

Water bailout? Colorado river tribes pose statewide leasing idea

Western Arizona tribes could lease Colorado River water to areas thirsty for development

Water managers look to new ways to save

Phoenix, feds will pay tribes to leave their water in Lake Mead, help prevent shortage

Hualapai Tribe to get 4,000 acre-feet of Colorado River water per year

Supreme Court won't hear California water agencies' appeal in tribe's groundwater case

Gila River member becomes 1st Native American to have a vote on Arizona water board