Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Event Date



Summer Conference (26th: 2005: Boulder, Colo.)


Presenter: Joe Vanderhorst, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.

Respondent on US-Mexico Issues and Other Lower Basin Matters: Bob Johnson, US Bureau of Reclamation.

26 slides.


Guy Martin, Bob Johnson


The Colorado River is approaching a crossroads. For the first time in its history, satisfying water demands in one state may require curtailing legally-recognized uses in another. This is not the first instance of water shortages in the region, and conflict among the seven Colorado River states is certainly not new. But the potential shortages on the horizon are larger in scale and magnitude than ever seen before, and the regional insurance policy against this sort of catastrophe, the storage reservoirs of Lake Powell and Mead, are being pushed to their limits.

Key water decision-makers from throughout the basin will come together to explore a variety of topics pertaining to the Law of the River: the ability of the system to meet water delivery and hydropower obligations, potential impacts of shortages to water users and the environment, and solutions for future management.

Alternate Title

Catching Up on Lower Basin Management Activities