Bennet Statement on Six-State Proposal on Colorado River Conservation

Washington, D.C. – Today, Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet released a statement following the announcement that six of the seven states in the Colorado River Basin submitted a joint proposal to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to help shape future management of the Colorado River’s limited water supply: 

“The Colorado River is running out of water, and if we don’t act soon, we could lose much of the American West as we know it. Six of the seven states in the Colorado River Basin— Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming, Arizona, and Nevada—did exactly what we needed. We forged a common vision that will protect the Colorado River and the 40 million people, and more than 30 Tribes, who rely on it. 

“California’s decision not to join this consensus is deeply disappointing. We are facing the most serious drought in 1,200 years. California must step forward and be part of the solution. For too long, the other six states, and particularly the Upper Basin, have carried the burden of this historic drought. 

“I urge Interior Secretary Haaland to recognize the leadership of these six states and enact their consensus proposal.”

On Friday, amid negotiations, Bennet addressed the Colorado Water Congress about the urgent work ahead to secure the future of the Colorado River Basin. Bennet urged the seven states to make difficult decisions and come to an agreement.