Environmental Law & Policy Alert – Update from Somach, Simmons & Dunn

January 26, 2022

In 500+ Plan, Lower Basin Undertakes New, Voluntary Conservation Effort to Protect Hydropower Production and Diminishing Storage Supplies in Lake Mead

In the Colorado River basin, water users can continue to expect more conservation projects in 2022, particularly in the Lower Basin states. In December, the Bureau of Reclamation and the Lower Basin states (California, Nevada and Arizona) entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that aims to conserve an additional 1,000,000 acre-feet of water in Lake Mead, 500,000 acre-feet in each of 2022 and 2023. The MOU responds to troubling forecasts from Reclamation detailing the risk that water elevations in Lake Mead could fall below critical levels in the absence of new, additional actions…. Read More

Written by Daniel F. McCarl