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The Colorado River water rights deal is a stopgap. What's next?
This proposal could save the river system from imminent collapse, but in 2026, the current drought management guidelines will expire.
Supreme Court hears case on Navajo Nation water rights
Amid regional efforts to conserve the Colorado River's flow, the U.S. government argues it has no duty to enforce Navajo water rights.
Another day, another blown deadline for Colorado River basin states
California did not sign on to a proposal from six other states.
Water managers float idea of paying farmers to reduce use of Colorado River
The seven states have until late January to agree on massive water conservation measures or the feds say they’ll impose cuts.
Why is it so hard to negotiate a Colorado River conservation deal?
It's been almost two months since the basin states blew past a federal deadline to negotiate major water conservation.
Arizona grapples with balancing growth and a limited water supply
On of the state's major sources of water, the Colorado River, has fallen to historic lows.
Water conservation plan for Colorado River remains in holding pattern
Several states in the West had 60 days to figure something out, and the government hasn't offered much guidance.
An ongoing water crisis means tough choices for Colorado River Basin states
The seven states can't agree on who should make cuts where. Now the federal government might make those choices for them.
Feds tell Western states to cut back on water from Colorado River — or else
"This is scary stuff," one researcher tells us.