Utton Center's Fleck proposes next steps on the Colorado River

September 13, 2022

Colorado River water managers need to plan for a future far more uncertain and drier than the past, the Utton Center's John Fleck and colleagues wrote this month in comments submitted to the U.S. Department of Interior.

The comments, part of Interior's "pre-scoping" process for the development of new river operating rules, come as drought accelerated by climate change have combined with water overuse to drive the Colorado River's river's reservoirs to record low levels.

Working with Eric Kuhn - co-author with Fleck of the book Science Be Dammed - and Jack Schmidt, head of Utah State University's Future of the Colorado River project, the trio argued that the river's current operating rules have failed.

Read their full comments here.