The Law of the Colorado River: Coping with Severe Sustained Drought, Part II

14 Pages Posted: 24 Mar 2021

Date Written: March 23, 2021

Abstract

This article updates an earlier article on the Law of the Colorado River in the context of severe sustained drought. It provides a summary of the hierarchy of use rights put in place by the Law of the River to make more explicit how severe sustained drought affects and limits uses. It then updates the previous discussion of the Law of the River, summarizing additions to the Law since 1995. Finally, it considers how well the basin’s legal and institutional framework responded to the challenges of two decades of drought and reflects on the challenges ahead.

Keywords: Colorado River, Law of the River, severe sustained drought, water uses, water shortages, Colorado River Compact, Boulder Canyon Project Act, Treaty with Mexico, Upper Colorado River Basin Compact, Colorado River System Projects Act, Colorado River Basin Storage Act, Interim Guidelines, Drought Conti

JEL Classification: K39

Suggested Citation

MacDonnell, Lawrence, The Law of the Colorado River: Coping with Severe Sustained Drought, Part II (March 23, 2021). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3811024

Lawrence MacDonnell (Contact Author)

University of Colorado Law School ( email )

401 UCB
2450 Kittredge Loop Road
Boulder, CO 80309
United States

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