Authority Board Meeting: Tuesday, June 18, 2024

The Colorado River Authority of Utah will hold its next board meeting on Tuesday, June 18th, at 1:00 PM. Meeting Link:  CRAU June 18th, 2024 Board Meeting Agenda: CRAU Board Meeting Agenda- June 18 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: https://www.fox13now.com/news/great-salt-lake-collaborative/pilot-water-program-could-benefit-utah-great-salt-lake Read: https://greatsaltlakenews.org/latest-news/utah-public-radio-upr/farmers-fear-fallow-fields

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

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Scoping Report for Post-2026 Colorado River Operations

On October 19, 2023, the Bureau of Reclamation published a scoping report summarizing the comments received during the public scoping process on Post-2026 Operations of Lake Powell and Lake Mead and a proposed federal action, purpose and need and scope of the environmental analysis to be included in the draft environmental impact statement (DSEIS). The Scoping Report is available on the …

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 …

Utah Moves to Protect Flaming Gorge, Lake Powell 

Utah weighs in on future Colorado River operations Through the Upper Colorado River Commission, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming adopted a resolution on September 21st conditioning their support for future releases from Flaming Gorge and other upstream reservoirs under the Drought Response Operations Agreement (DROA) on the following three principles: Water released to Lake Powell must be retained at …

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 …