The Associated Press reports the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation found the 2007 guidelines that were put in place to manage the Colorado River provided stability, along with other agreements among Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Nevada, and Mexico. But as those guidelines approach their expiration, negotiators must act quickly to secure the river’s future as the region gets warmer and drier. The guidelines and an overlapping drought contingency plan expire in 2026. States, tribes, cities, and other water users are expected to use the Bureau of Reclamation report as a resource for deciding what will replace the guidelines in negotiations that will begin early next year.
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