Colorado River

The Colorado River is the lifeline for much of the West. It provides water and electricity for people throughout the region, including residents of Denver, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Tucson, Las Vegas, and Albuquerque. It also irrigates over 3 million acres (1.2 million ha) of crops and pasture, provides abundant recreational opportunities for rafting, fishing, boating, and hiking, and serves as habitat for a multitude of fish and wildlife species, including several endangered native fish.

Drought and Climate Change

Selected research papers, reports, and other resources which collectively show the progress in our understanding of the variability of climate and hydrology in the Colorado River Basin and the potential impacts of future climate change.

Management & Policy

Selected reports and other documents establishing or commenting on the "Law of the River" and the management of the Colorado River.

1922 Compact Transcripts

The complete transcripts of the 27 sessions of negotiations among the representatives of the seven basin states and the Federal government, leading to the Colorado River Compact of 1922.