Our Vision

Colorado River Canyon
Leverage science, engineering, and measurement and monitoring of diversions and streams to facilitate improved management of Utah’s water usage


Glen Canyon Dam
Enhance and develop tools to assist long-term understanding of what water is available to develop


Colorado River in Utah - aerial view
Provide leadership and recommendations on how to use Utah’s share more efficiently. Develop management best practices based on data and supply variability


Strengthen relationships among the Upper Basin states to find united technical and legal strategies and negotiate productively for the future


Colorado River in Utah
Enter all negotiations of the seven Colorado River Basin states from a best-for-everyone approach while maintaining a strong needs-based voice for Utah’s future


"Utah is building on something we can rely on for 100+ years with the Colorado River Authority."

J. Stuart Adams
President of the Utah Senate

"The Colorado Authority elevates Utah to a position of strength and next-generation thinking."

Brad Wilson
Speaker of the House of Representatives

Why the Colorado River Matters

One of Two Largest Drainage

The Colorado River Basin and its drainage is one of the two largest in the United States, along with the Columbia River Basin in the Pacific Northwest.

40 Million People in the West

The Colorado River provides municipal and industrial water for over 40 million people living in the major Western metropolitan areas of Los Angeles, Phoenix, Albuquerque, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Denver, and San Diego.

1,440 Miles Long

The Colorado River is 1,440 miles long and passes through seven states and Mexico.