News from the Colorado River Research Group

Colorado River

Water Year 2023 in Context: A Cautionary Tale

Dec. 7, 2023

Water Year 2023 was exceptional for runoff and for boosting reservoir storage---but it isn't likely to repeat itself for the additional 3-6 years needed to refill the reservoirs to 1999 levels (the last time they were full). We need to work to conserve the gains of WY2023, as history shows...

Cornerstone at the Confluence

Cornerstone at the Confluence Released

Nov. 30, 2022

Cornerstone at the Confluence: Navigating the Colorado River Compact's Next Century is a book that leverages the centennial year to reflect on the compact and broader “Law of the River.” The book was edited by CRRG member Jason Anthony Robison; several other CRRG members contributed.

The Vanishing River

The Vanishing River: USA's Mega Drought

Sept. 12, 2022

Australia Public Broadcasting featured Dr. Jack Schmidt with an interesting out-of-country perspective on problems currently hitting very close to home. The 30-minute program is a primer on the Colorado River's troubles.

Ripple Effect: Tier Two Shortage Declarations and More

Ripple Effect: Tier Two Shortage Declarations and More

Sept. 9, 2022

Professor Jason Robison joined the podcast Ripple Effect to discuss the latest activities for the Colorado River, including the BOR's recent Tier 2 Shortage Declaration, status of interstate negotiations, and much more.


NPR's Marketplace: Conservation plan for Colorado River in holding pattern

Sept. 6, 2022

“Unprecedented,” said Jason Robison, a professor of natural resources law at the University of Wyoming. “Two to four million acre feet in conservation saving blows the doors off of anything that has been done since the onset of the megadrought in 2000.”


New Research Evaluating Accuracy of 24-Month Study Projections

Feb. 22, 2022

A new white paper from The Center for Colorado River Studies at USU analyzes the accuracy and bias of the 24-Month Study projections of future Lake Powell inflows and elevations.

CRRG Participation in Colorado River Compact Centennial Symposium

CRRG Participation in Colorado River Compact Centennial Symposium

Jan. 10, 2022

At the Colorado River Compact Centennial Symposium, CCRG's Jason Robison is presenting, "The Confluence at the Compact's Centennial. Anne Castle will present "The Law of the River: A Centennial Perspective."


CRRG at the 2021 CRWUA Conference

Nov. 15, 2021

CRRG members Anne Castle and Brad Udall moderated and spoke at the 2021 Colorado River Water Users Association Conference on Dec. 15, 2021. Matt McKinney hosted a luncheon for the Water & Tribes Initiative during the event.

Karletta Chief

Lifeways of the Little Colorado River: Dr. Karletta Chief

Nov. 3, 2021

Dr. Karletta Chief is an associate professor and extension specialist at the University of Arizona where she works with tribal communities on the water challenges they face. View this storymap to get perspective on her story.

60 Minutes

60 Minutes: Southwest states facing tough choices about water as Colorado River diminishes

Oct. 27, 2021

Brad Udall was a featured expert in piece discussing how seven states and 30 Native American tribes in the Colorado River Basin prepare to make hard choices as water levels plummet due to a 22-year drought.