Document Type

Article

Author ORCID Identifier

David E. Rosenburg https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2163-2907

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Earth's Future

Publisher

John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

Publication Date

2022

First Page

1

Last Page

22

Abstract

This work had the purpose to discuss more flexible and sustainable operations with Colorado River managers and experts than existing operations that equalize reservoir storage and expire in 2026. To provoke discussion, I set up a Google Sheet with accounts for Upper Basin, Lower Basin, Mexico, Colorado River Delta, First Nations, and a shared reserve. 26 managers and experts consumed, saved, and traded water in the accounts, protected reservoirs, and sustained endangered, native fish of the Grand Canyon. Participants said share basin accounts with others and accounts were too far from current operations. I synthesized 10 lessons to improve model process, increase operational flexibility, and build trust. A next step is engage multiple organizations simultaneously to generate more actionable suggestions for management.

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