Arizona, California, and Nevada Governors Announce Lower Basin Plan to Protect Colorado River

PHOENIX ~ Today, Governors Katie Hobbs of Arizona, Gavin Newsom of California, and Joe Lombardo of Nevada announced a plan to conserve 3 million acre-feet of water over the next three years in order to protect the Colorado River system.

Governor Hobbs stated that the Lower Basin Plan is the result of months of hard work by water managers to develop an agreement that will stabilize the Colorado River system until 2026. She also noted that investments in drought funding have provided a path forward to build up reservoirs in the near-term. Governor Hobbs concluded by emphasizing the need for continued action to address long-term issues such as climate change and overallocation.

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Governor Newsom commented on how climate change is affecting the entire Western United States and how this historic partnership between California and other Lower Basin states will help maintain critical water supply for millions of Americans. He also highlighted California's efforts to reduce water usage.

Finally, Governor Lombardo noted Nevada's leadership in regional water conservation efforts and expressed his enthusiasm for advancing their mutual goal of conserving shared water resources through this partnership. He concluded by stressing the importance of protecting the Colorado River System.

The Lower Basin Plan has been submitted to the Bureau of Reclamation with all Seven Colorado River Basin States supporting its evaluation as an action alternative within the Near-Term Colorado River Operations Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (Draft SEIS). More information can be found in the document below.

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