Bloomberg Law
Dec. 15, 2022, 9:16 PM

Colorado River Law Must Adapt to Climate Change, Interior Says

Bobby Magill
Bobby Magill

The future won’t look like the past in the West, and that means the seven Colorado River Basin states are concerned about complying with a century-old law while adapting to climate change that is drying up the river.

Climate change and the Colorado River Compact were the subtext of discussions Thursday at the Colorado River Water Users Association conference in Las Vegas, where states are plotting ways to voluntarily cut water use before the Interior Department forces them to.

The Interior Department’s Bureau of Reclamation is asking states to come up with a plan in early 2023 to cut short-term ...