California Water Agencies Submit Colorado River Modeling Framework to Bureau of Reclamation

Pictured is a concrete-lined section of the All-American Canal. The canal lining was part of the 2003 Quantification Settlement Agreement, which reduced California’s use of the Colorado River down to its 4.4 million acre-foot allotment through a conservation-based focus. The QSA continues to stand as an example of California’s investment in conservation to support the Colorado River.

Story from the San Diego County Water Authority’s Water News Network

California water agencies that rely on the Colorado River on January 31, proposed a modeling framework for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to evaluate as it considers actions to help stabilize reservoir elevations and protect critical infrastructure to ensure the Colorado River system can continue to support 40 million people, nearly 6 million acres of agriculture, and Tribes across seven states and portions of Mexico.

The modeling framework outlines a constructive approach to achieve additional water use reductions while protecting infrastructure, prioritizing public

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