VIDEO: Session 1: The State of the River: New and Evolving Agreements in the Basin, Panel B: Indian Water Rights Settlements and Panel C: U.S.-Mexico Negotiations

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Event Date



Martz Summer Conference (3rd: 2011: Boulder, Colo.)



1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

SESSION 1: The State of the River

Panel B: Indian Water Rights Settlements

Panelists: Tanya Trujillo, Counsel, Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee; Katie Yellowhorse Gilbert, former Navajo Nation Water Commissioner

Panel C: U.S.-Mexico Negotiations

Panelists: Mario López Pérez, Engineering and Technical Standards Manager, National Water Commission of Mexico; Steve Fitten, Chief Counsel, International Boundary Waters Commission; Jennifer Gimbel, Colorado Water Conservation Board


Mark Squillace

Streaming Media


Competition for scarce Colorado River water resources is nothing new, but the conflicts that prompted the seven basin states to negotiate the 1922 Colorado River Compact have grown considerably fiercer and more complex in recent decades. In 2007, responding to the challenges of increasing demand and sustained drought, the seven basin states and a number of other affected interests agreed to a set of interim guidelines for allocating Colorado River water in the event of shortages. This agreement represents an important evolution in the governance of the Colorado River, suggesting that the many interests in the basin can work together to address shared risks, concerns, and needs. Yet, an increasing number of experts predict that this agreement alone will not be sufficient to address the many challenges ahead.

This conference examined current laws and policies governing Colorado River management, highlighted new developments and studies that will inform future decisions, and explored a broad range of options for addressing the identified challenges and opportunities. This forward-looking conference focused on one broad question: What future do we envision for the Colorado River, and what will it take to get there?

Alternate Title

Indian Water Rights Settlements and U.S. Mexico Negotiations