Important Colorado River Agreement Reached but More Work Remains, Says Audubon

A Drought Contingency Plan would prepare the arid West for a drier future for people and birds.

BOULDER — Today after the seven Colorado River Basin states announced that an agreement about a Drought Contingency Plan is ready for approvals, Jennifer Pitt, National Audubon Society’s Colorado River program director, issued the following statement:

“This news puts us closer than we’ve ever been to a more secure water future for the Colorado River— but we are cautiously optimistic. Arizona is the last piece of the puzzle before the Drought Contingency Plan is a done deal,” said Jennifer Pitt, Audubon’s Colorado River program director.

“The DCP will set important groundwork that improves supply reliability for all Colorado River water users, and importantly, this will also trigger Mexico’s efforts—under Minute 323—to store more water in Lake Mead. More water in Lake Mead means reduced risk of severe water shortage declarations. Having the DCP in place means that we can focus on programs that increase water supply for the Colorado River Delta, break more ground on projects to mitigate and restore the Salton Sea, and protect groundwater-dependent rivers and other important habitats that birds need.”

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