Colorado River Basin Water Management: Evaluating and Adjusting to Hydroclimatic Variability

This brief from the National Research Council of the National Academies summarizes an assessment of existing sources of scientific information - including temperature and streamflow records, tree-ring based reconstructions, and climate model projections - and how they relate to Colorado River Basin water supplies and demands, water management, and drought. 

The brief concludes that successful adjustments to changing climatic conditions will require cooperation among the seven Colorado River basin states and recommends conducting a comprehensive study of urban water practices to support planning for future droughts and water shortages.

This brief is based on the full report by the Committee on the Scientific Bases of Colorado River Basin Water Management available at

Publication Date: February 2007

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