May 16, 2022

New bill aims to boost tribal access to clean water

Author: Alex Hager

Two recent moves aim to benefit water access for tribal communities in the Colorado River basin. One, a bill in the U.S. Congress, could increase access to clean water. Another, the release of a "shared vision" statement, outlines the goals of tribes and conservation nonprofits.
Tribes in the basin hold rights to about a quarter of the river's flow, but have often been excluded from negotiations about how the river’s water is used. At the same time, tribal communities often lack reliable access ...