Authority Board Meeting: Tuesday, April 23, 2024

The Colorado River Authority of Utah will hold its next board meeting on Thursday, April 23, at 1 PM.  This will be VIRTUAL ONLY. Meeting Link:  CRAU April 23 2024 Board Meeting Agenda: April 23, 2024

Agricultural Water Resilience & Demand Management Pilot Program

Jacobs Engineering Group has been selected through a competitive procurement process to provide management and technical consulting for the Authority’s Agricultural Resilience and Demand Management Pilot Program as it is developed and implemented. During the 2023 Legislative Session, the Utah Legislature appropriated $5 million in one-time funds to the Authority for Agricultural Resilience Pilot Projects. The Authority will use these …

Upper Division States submit their alternative for Post-2026 Operations

On March 6, 2024, Utah and its sister states of Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming submitted their plan for operating Lake Powell and Lake Mead starting in 2026. Find a copy of the Upper Division State Alternative and accompanying press release below. Upper Division State Alternative UT Press Release UDS Alternative

Biden-Harris Administration Announces Major Milestone to Protect Short-Term Stability of Colorado River Basin

On March 6, 2024, the Bureau of Reclamation released the final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for Near-term Colorado River Operations. The document is the result of a collaborative effort to update the current interim operating guidelines for the near-term operation of Glen Canyon and Hoover Dams to address the ongoing drought and impacts from the climate crisis. The final SEIS …

System Conservation Pilot Program Featured by Great Salt Lake Collaborative

Great Salt Lake Collaborative reporters Sheri Quinn (Utah Public Radio) and Max Roth (FOX13) interviewed SCPP participants and administrators to see how practices and lessons from the program might transfer to the Great Salt Lake basin. Watch: Read:

Colorado River Authority of Utah’s 2023 Annual Report

The 2023 Annual Report includes major intrastate and interstate accomplishments of the Authority during its second year of operation. Activities undertaken by the Authority support our mission to “protect, conserve, use, and develop Utah’s waters of the Colorado River system.” Find a copy of the 2023 Annual Report here:  2023 CRAU Annual Report

Voluntary program to save water for Colorado River reauthorized for 2024

SALT LAKE CITY (November 7, 2023)  — Utah, Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico, through the Upper Colorado River Commission, have extended a program to pay farmers and other water users in the four states to conserve water without losing their water rights or livelihoods.  Why it matters The System Conservation Pilot Program (SCPP) conserves water in the Colorado River System …

Reclamation Releases Revised Draft SEIS for Near-Term Colorado River Operations

On October 25, 2023, the Bureau of Reclamation issued a Revised Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (DSEIS) governing Colorado River operations through 2026, when the current operational guidelines expire.  The previous (April 2023) DSEIS was withdrawn in order for Reclamation to evaluate the improved hydrology and to analyze the Lower Division States alternative submitted in May 2023.   You can find …

SCPP Reauthorized for 2024 by UCRC

The Upper Colorado Commission has voted to reauthorize the System Conservation Pilot Program for 2024 SCPP 2024 will narrow and focus the scope of eligible projects to those that enable exploration of Demand Management feasibility and/or projects that support innovation and local resiliency in water conservation. Lessons learned from SCPP 2023 will also be applied to the 2024 program, including …

Authority Selected for Snow Measurement Grant

The Colorado River Authority of Utah, in partnership with Central Utah Water Conservancy District and Utah Division of Water Resources, has been selected to receive $1M in federal funding through the Bureau of Reclamation’s Snow Water Supply Forecasting Program to pilot an emerging snow measurement technology in Utah. The pilot project, Flakes, Flights, and Forecasts: Enhanced Snow Measurement in the Uinta …