Colorado River District Director Presents Local Water Struggles to Members of the U.S. Senate

Colorado River Water Conservation District General Manager Andy Mueller speaks at the district’s 2018 annual seminar. On June 7, 2022, Mueller presented the struggles facing the Colorado River Basin to members of the US Senate.
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Colorado River District General Manager Andy Mueller provided expert testimony to the Senate Subcommittee on Conservation, Climate, Forestry, and Natural Resources on Tuesday, June 7 in Washington, D.C.

Mueller presented on the growing water crisis in the West and its effects on agricultural producers and the forest watersheds of Colorado’s West Slope. In his presentation, he also focused on the impacts of climate change on water supplies in the Colorado River Basin and the federal action needed for affected communities. For the past 20 years, Colorado River flows have been 20% lower than average due to more severe drought than any in the past 1,200 years.

Mueller also encouraged members of the Senate to support Colorado water in the 2023 Farm Bill. Approximately every five years, Congress passes a farm bill, covering a wide range of issues from conservation to rural development. through food and nutrition.

Daniel E. Murphy