U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Receives Scoping Comments on Post-2026 Colorado River Operations

October 2023

California Water Law & Policy Reporter, Volume 34, Number 1

On August 15, 2023, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) concluded a 60-day public comment period seeking input on long-term operational strategies for the Colorado River when current rules expire in 2026. Reclamation received comment letters from federal, state, and local agencies, Tribes, organizations, individuals, as well as the seven Colorado River basin states that share its water under an interstate compact. The scoping comments will help Reclamation identify the proper scope, issues, and a suitable range of alternatives for its environmental analysis of post-2026 Colorado River operations under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

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