Fall 2019: Contingency Plan
Drought Contingency Planning on the Colorado River
Colorado River Basin states, tribes, and Mexico share their dependency on the Colorado River and are ready to share in its shortage. The Drought Contingency Plan (DCP), signed in 2019, brings cuts in water use to the lower basin and new water management tools to the upper basin. But, with the upper basin still exploring demand management and the DCP expiring in 2026, the work isn’t done. View or download a flipbook of the magazine here or read articles below.
Beyond the Signing: What the Drought Contingency Plan means for the Colorado River Basin
By Laura Paskus
After a committed push to forge an approach to cope with climate-change-induced drought on the Colorado River, the Drought Contingency Plan is final. As implementation beings, the basin continues to reckon with a future likely to yield less water.