Cornerstone at the Confluence: Navigating the Colorado River Compact's Next Century

Written by:
Jason A. Robison
Narrated by:
Graham Rowat

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
April 2023
10 hours 19 minutes
Signed on November 24, 1922, the Colorado River Compact is body of laws colloquially called the 'Law of the River' that governs how human beings use water from the river system dubbed the 'American Nile.' No fewer than forty million people have come to rely on the Colorado River system in modern times-a system immersed in an unprecedented, unrelenting megadrought for more than two decades. Attempting to navigate this 'new normal,' policymakers are negotiating new management rules for the river system, a process coinciding with the compact's centennial that must be completed by 2026.

Animated by this remarkable confluence of events, Cornerstone at the Confluence leverages the centennial year to reflect on the compact and broader 'Law of the River' to envision the future. It is a volume inviting dialogue about how the river system's flows should be apportioned given climate change, what should be done about environmental issues such as ecosystem restoration and biodiversity protection, and how long-standing issues of water justice facing Native American communities should be addressed.

These topics touch on the concept of 'equity' embedded within the compact-a concept that tees up what is perhaps the foundational question confronted by Cornerstone at the Confluence: Who should have a seat at the table of Colorado River governance?
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