Interior Begins Review of Water Conservation Proposal

Seven states of the Lower Colorado River Basin reach long-awaited consensus.

The Department of the Interior (DOI) is withdrawing its proposal for water conservation in the Colorado River Basin after receiving one from the seven states this past week. The agreement outlines measures the states will take to collaboratively conserve water in the drought-stricken region. 

President Biden’s administration had requested a water conservation proposal from these states for over a year to prevent the rapidly decreasing Colorado River from drying up completely. The states faced challenges as they held numerous negotiations, missing multiple deadlines for a mutual proposal submission. The Interior Department had drafted its own proposal for water conservation in the area in case the states’ proposal never came through. 

“I commend our partners in the seven Basin states who have demonstrated leadership and unity of purpose in developing this consensus-based approach to achieve the substantial water conservation necessary to sustain the Colorado River System through 2026,” said Deputy Secretary Tommy Beaudreau, who facilitated many of the discussions between state representatives during their proposal drafting process.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Secertary Haaland and Interior Department officials as they review the conservation proposal.
  • For Deputy Secretary Beaudreau as he continues to support the Colorado River Basin agreement.

Sources: Department of the Interior


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