DOI Moves Colorado River Protection Planning Forward

The department begins incorporating summary reports into future operating guidelines.

The Department of the Interior has taken proposed guidelines for Colorado River water conservation into the next stages of its drafting. 

The department launched a scoping report two months ago, soliciting over 24,000 comments from members of the public to calibrate how broad and in-depth water conservation guidelines should be. With the conclusion of the 60-day reporting process, the department will create a new draft of their guidelines that align with the points raised by the public. The Interior Department expects that the guidelines will be finished by 2026 and implemented by 2027.

“President Biden’s Investing in America agenda has deployed historic investments as we’ve worked collaboratively with states, Tribes, and communities throughout the West to find consensus solutions in the face of climate change and sustained drought,” said Deputy Secretary Tommy Beaudreau. “As the Department works with those partners to stabilize the Colorado River in the short-term, we are also committed to ensuring the long-term sustainability of the Basin for decades to come based on the best available science and with robust input from stakeholders across the West.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Deputy Secretary Beaudreau as he prepares to step down from the department.
  • For Secretary Haaland to seek God’s guidance as she oversees the water conservation efforts in the Colorado River Basin.

Sources: Department of the Interior


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