Colorado River Research Group

The CRRG is a diverse, 12-person team of scholars engaged in timely, provocative research on the river system. We approach this research from various disciplines in the social, physical, and biological sciences, as well as the fields of water law and public policy. We seek to harness this work to facilitate grounded, forward-looking approaches to governance and management of the river dubbed “America’s Nile.” At the heart of this effort is the belief that rigorous, engaged scholars and scholarship add value to policy dialogue.

The Emerging Tribal Role in the Colorado River Basin

While the Basin Study made no attempt to consider tribal plans for additional use of water under their rights or how that development would affect existing uses, it did set the table for a subsequent Tribal Water Study conducted jointly by Reclamation and...