Today is a watershed moment for all the agencies with a stake in the water of the Colorado River. Today is the deadline for everyone on the river to have submitted a plan for cutting their water use in case the drought in the Colorado River basin continues. If the deadline is not met, Brenda Burman, head of the Bureau of Reclamation, has stated that her agency will take over the river.
The agencies in the Upper Basin States of Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, and New Mexico submitted their Drought Contingency Plans a couple of months ago, albeit without specific numbers. In the lower basin, Nevada submitted its plan as well. The California agencies, including Imperial Irrigation District, passed and submitted their plans just prior to the Dec. 12 soft deadline of last year.