Colorado River Basin Water Management

Evaluating and Adjusting to Hydroclimatic Variability

Author: National Research Council,Division on Earth and Life Studies,Water Science and Technology Board,Committee on the Scientific Bases of Colorado River Basin Water Management

Publisher: National Academies Press

ISBN: 9780309179010

Category: Science

Page: 222

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Recent studies of past climate and streamflow conditions have broadened understanding of long-term water availability in the Colorado River, revealing many periods when streamflow was lower than at any time in the past 100 years of recorded flows. That information, along with two important trends--a rapid increase in urban populations in the West and significant climate warming in the region--will require that water managers prepare for possible reductions in water supplies that cannot be fully averted through traditional means. Colorado River Basin Water Management assesses existing scientific information, including temperature and streamflow records, tree-ring based reconstructions, and climate model projections, and how it relates to Colorado River water supplies and demands, water management, and drought preparedness. The book concludes that successful adjustments to new conditions will entail strong and sustained cooperation among the seven Colorado River basin states and recommends conducting a comprehensive basinwide study of urban water practices that can be used to help improve planning for future droughts and water shortages.

Shared Borders, Shared Waters

Israeli-Palestinian and Colorado River Basin Water Challenges

Author: Sharon B. Megdal,Robert G. Varady,Susanna Eden

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 041566263X

Category: Law

Page: 320

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This collection of papers examines water management in two of the world’s prominent, arid transboundary areas facing similar challenges. In the Middle East, the chronically water-short Israeli-Palestinian region has recognized the need both to conserve and supplement its traditional water sources. Across the globe on the North American continent, Arizona—a state in the southwestern United States bordering Mexico—relies significantly on the overallocated Colorado River, as well as on non-renewable groundwater supplies. For both regions, sustainable and cost-effective solutions clearly require innovative, multifaceted, and conflict-avoiding approaches. This volume is predicated on the role that “science diplomacy” can play in resolving difficult water-related issues. The history of natural-resources disputes confirms that the scientific approach can reveal ways to overcome division. Experience has shown that scientifically-trained experts who are sensitive to sociopolitical conditions can assist in developing and evaluating feasible water management solutions. The insights and expertise of a distinguished and diverse group of researchers fill these chapters. Contributors include established authorities as well as a number of budding scholars. In a field traditionally dominated by males and by engineers, this collection benefits from significant gender diversity and contributions from a broad spectrum of disciplines. Policymakers, water managers, specialists such as university researchers and consultants, and citizens all have an interest in finding sustainable strategies to address the many water-management issues discussed in this volume. The assembled papers underscore that much work remains to be done.

Inter-Basin Water Transfer

Case Studies from Australia, United States, Canada, China and India

Author: Fereidoun Ghassemi,Ian White

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139463047

Category: Science

Page: N.A

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Increasing demands for irrigation, domestic and industrial water have generated a massive growth world-wide in the number of large water infrastructure projects involving the transfer of water from basins considered to have surplus water to those where the demand for water has exceeded or is expected to exceed supplies. Using the experiences of projects in Australia, United States, Canada, China and India, this book examines case studies within the diverse geographical, climatic, economic, and policy regimes operating in these countries. It examines the water resources of Australia, the driest inhabited continent, and explores inter-basin water transfer projects in the United States, Canada, China and India, examining their benefits and impacts within these nations' contrasting economies and governance systems. This comprehensive and well-illustrated text will be of great interest to professionals and researchers in the fields of hydrology, water resources, and to those engaged in environmental science, policy and regulation.

Adapting to a Changing Colorado River

Making Future Water Deliveries More Reliable Through Robust Management Strategies

Author: David G. Groves,Jordan R. Fischbach,Evan Bloom,Debra Knopman,Ryan Keefe

Publisher: Rand Corporation

ISBN: 9780833081797

Category: Political Science

Page: 98

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"The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and water management agencies representing the seven Colorado River Basin States initiated the Colorado River Basin Study in January 2010 to evaluate the resiliency of the Colorado River system over the next 50 years and compare different options for ensuring successful management of the river's resources. RAND was asked to join this Basin Study Team in January 2012 to help develop an analytic approach to identify key vulnerabilities in managing the Colorado River basin over the coming decades and to evaluate different options that could reduce this vulnerability. Using a quantitative approach for planning under uncertainty called Robust Decision Making (RDM), the RAND team assisted the Basin Study by: identifying future vulnerable conditions that could lead to imbalances that could cause the basin to be unable to meet its water delivery objectives; developing a computer-based tool to define 'portfolios' of management options reflecting different strategies for reducing basin imbalances; evaluating these portfolios across thousands of future scenarios to determine how much they could improve basin outcomes; and analyzing the results from the system simulations to identify key tradeoffs among the portfolios. This report describes RAND's contribution to the Basin Study, focusing on the methodologies used to identify vulnerabilities for Upper Basin and Lower Basin water supply reliability and compare portfolios of options. The report provides a useful resource for other planners wishing to replicate or expand on the methodologies used for other studies"--Back cover.

Water Resources Engineering

Author: Larry W. Mays

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0470460644

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 890

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Environmental engineers continue to rely on the leading resource in the field on the principles and practice of water resources engineering. The second edition now provides them with the most up-to-date information along with a remarkable range and depth of coverage. Two new chapters have been added that explore water resources sustainability and water resources management for sustainability. New and updated graphics have also been integrated throughout the chapters to reinforce important concepts. Additional end-of-chapter questions have been added as well to build understanding. Environmental engineers will refer to this book throughout their careers.

The Colorado River Documents, 2008

Author: Katherine Ott Verburg

Publisher: U.S. Government Printing Office

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 905

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Developed by the Bureau of Reclamation's Upper Colorado and Lower Colorado Regions, in collaboration with the Boulder City Field Solicitor, this is the latest of four books published by the Bureau of Reclamation to address the management of the Colorado River since the early 1900s. It summarizes 30 years of updates to the "Law of the Colorado River," a compilation of compacts, federal laws, court decisions and decrees, contracts, and regulatory guidelines that have been implemented over nearly a century to guide the management and operation of the Colorado River. It details the statutes, policies, agreements, and court decisions related to river operations, environmental matters, Mexican treaty deliveries, water development, water entitlement actions, Native American water settlements, proceedings in Arizona v. California, and power generation and distribution issues. All four books are available on the DVD.

River Republic

The Fall and Rise of America's Rivers

Author: Daniel McCool

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231504411

Category: Political Science

Page: 400

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Daniel McCool not only chronicles the history of water development agencies in America and the way in which special interests have abused rather than preserved the country's rivers, he also narrates the second, brighter act in this ongoing story: the surging, grassroots movement to bring these rivers back to life and ensure they remain pristine for future generations. The culmination of ten years of research and observation, McCool's book confirms the surprising news that America's rivers are indeed returning to a healthier, free-flowing condition. The politics of river restoration demonstrates how strong grassroots movements can challenge entrenched powers and win. Through passion and dedication, ordinary people are reclaiming the American landscape, forming a "river republic" of concerned citizens from all backgrounds and sectors of society. As McCool shows, the history, culture, and fate of America is tied to its rivers, and their restoration is a microcosm mirroring American beliefs, livelihoods, and an increasing awareness of what two hundred years of environmental degradation can do. McCool profiles the individuals he calls "instigators," who initiated the fight for these waterways and, despite enormous odds, have succeeded in the near-impossible task of challenging and changing the status quo. Part I of the volume recounts the history of America's relationship to its rivers; part II describes how and why Americans "parted" them out, destroying their essence and diminishing their value; and part III shows how society can live in harmony with its waterways while restoring their well-being—and, by extension, the well-being of those who depend on them.

Colorado River Ecology and Dam Management

Proceedings of a Symposium May 24-25, 1990 Santa Fe, New Mexico

Author: National Research Council,Division on Earth and Life Studies,Commission on Geosciences, Environment and Resources,Water Science and Technology Board,Committee to Review the Glen Canyon Environmental Studies

Publisher: National Academies Press

ISBN: 0309045355

Category: Science

Page: 288

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This book contains 11 papers that review the extant information about the Colorado River from an ecosystem perspective and serve as the basis for discussion of the use of ecosystem/earth science information for river management and dam operations. It also contains a synopsis of the committee's findings and recommendations to the Bureau of Reclamation as the agency seeks to change its direction to the management of natural resources.

Water management in the '90s

a time for innovation : proceedings of the 20th anniversary conference

Author: Katherine Hon,American Society of Civil Engineers. Water Resources Planning and Management Division,American Consulting Engineers Council

Publisher: Amer Society of Civil Engineers

ISBN: 9780872629127

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 880

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Lower Colorado River Basin Project

Hearings Before the United States House Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs, Subcommittee on Irrigation and Reclamation, Eighty-Ninth Congress

Author: United States. Congress. House. Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs. Subcommittee on Irrigation and Reclamation

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Colorado River (Colo.-Mexico)

Page: 1664

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Committee Serial No. 17. Considers H.R. 4671 and similar bills, to authorize construction, operation, and maintenance of the Lower Colorado River Basin Project.

Arizona Water Policy

Management Innovations in an Urbanizing, Arid Region

Author: Bonnie G. Colby,Katharine L. Jacobs

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136525424

Category: Law

Page: 272

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The central challenge for Arizona and many other arid regions in the world is keeping a sustainable water supply in the face of rapid population growth and other competing demands. This book highlights new approaches that Arizona has pioneered for managing its water needs. The state has burgeoning urban areas, large agricultural regions, water dependent habitats for endangered fish and wildlife, and a growing demand for water-based recreation. A multi-year drought and climate-related variability in water supply complicate the intense competition for water. Written by well-known Arizona water experts, the essays in this book address these issues from academic, professional, and policy perspectives that include economics, climatology, law, and engineering. Among the innovations explored in the book is Arizonas Groundwater Management Act. Arizona is not alone in its challenges. As one of the seven states in the Colorado River Basin that depend heavily on the river, Arizona must cooperate, and sometimes compete, with other state, tribal, and federal governments. One institution that furthers regional cooperation is the water bank, which encourages groundwater recharge of surplus surface water during wet years so that the water remains available during dry years. The Groundwater Management Act imposes conservation requirements and establishes planning and investment programs in renewable water supplies. The essays in Arizona Water Policy are accessible to a broad policy-oriented and nonacademic readership. The book explores Arizonas water management and extracts lessons that are important for arid and semi-arid areas worldwide.

Colorado River Documents 2008 (Hardcover Book and Autoloading DVD)

Author: Katherine Ott Verburg

Publisher: Government Printing Office

ISBN: 9780160882012

Category: Nature

Page: 960

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Discusses the history of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation's operation and management of the Colorado River on behalf of the Secretary of the Interior from 1979 through 2008. Details the political, legal, institutional, and other instruments developed to address pressing issues faced by Colorado River Basin water users and managers. Reflective of its era, the 2008 volume has an increased focus on coordinated operations of the river in both the Upper and Lower Basins, on environmental matters, on the relationship with Mexico, and on Native American water settlements.