The Colorado River Water Rights: Back to the Future

by Susan M. Trager, Law Offices of Susan M. Trager, Irvine, United States,
Victor R. Sofelkanik, Law Offices of Susan M. Trager, Irvine, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulics/Hydrology of Arid Lands (H²AL)


A discussion about tomorrow's projected water shortages in California and efforts to meet the anticipated demands through the Colorado River supply requires at least a brief review of the law of the River and California's Seven-Party Agreement. The point of origin for an understanding of the principles, policies, and politics controlling the allocation of the water of the Colorado is the collection of treaties, compacts, and acts of Congress and state legislatures governing use of the River. The paper reviews them.

Subject Headings: Rivers and streams | Water shortage | Water rights | Water storage | Agreements and treaties | High-rise buildings | Water resources | Colorado River | United States | California | Colorado

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