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The Colorado River basin is one of the most studied landscapes in the entire world. In addition to the work done by government agencies, there are public, private and quasi-governmental organizations that conduct research and/or archive this work, and in the many disciplines of physical and social sciences. These institutions are listed aphabetically by state.
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Arizona Water Institute
The Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions brings together a wealth of expertise at the University of Arizona to support sound management choices in the context of this change, linking science, information needs of managers, and decision-making.
Climate Assessment of the Southwest (CLIMAS)
Colorado Plateau Digital Archive
Colorado River Central Arizona Project Collection
Arizona State University at Tempe. Records of the Central Arizona and Boulder Canyon Project, comprised of selections from the Carl T. Hayden Papers and other sources.
Colorado River Energy Distributors Association (CREDA) is a non-profit organization representing consumer-owned electric systems that purchase federal hydropower and resources of the Colorado River Storage Project (CRSP).
Northern Arizona University at Flagstaff. This bibliographic database helps natural resource managers, researchers, policy makers, students, and interested members of the public find more information about the land-use and land cover history of the Colorado Plateau.
Nature, Culture and History at the Grand Canyon
A Project of Arizona State University.
Arizona Humanities Council. From December 2001 through July 2002, seven western humanities councils from seven states that share the Colorado River presented Moving Waters: The Colorado River and the West . The aim of the project was to generate regional consciousness of the river.
SHARA is at the University of Arizona at Tucson. To identify critical stakeholder-relevant knowledge gaps and conduct basin-focused multidisciplinary research to fill them; and to convey what is known and what is being learned to improve water management and policy.
Water Resources Research Center (WRRC)
Water Education Foundation's Colorado River Project
Colorado River Governance Initiative
The purpose of the Colorado River Governance Initiative (CRGI) is to identify institutional reforms that can address the current and emerging concerns over water scarcity on the Colorado River. Publications of the Colorado River Governance Initiative are available in Colorado River Information Portal as well as in the Getches-Wilkinson Center Collection.
The CRRG is a self-directed team of ten veteran Colorado River scholars. Each member has led a research program concerning water resources management, river science, or water law and public policy, or has written widely on these topics. The purpose of the CRRG is to provide a non-partisan, basin-wide perspective on matters pertaining to the Colorado River, helping all those with a stake in the river identify, justify and implement actions that sustainably meet society's demands for water while maintaining the distinct attributes of the Colorado River ecosystem. (Publications)
Water Resources Archive
Western Water Assessment
Marriott Library at University of Utah
Utah Water Users Association is the largest active association in Utah which represents all water user entities including irrigators, municipal users, industry, federal, state, county and local agencies and private entities. The purpose of the Association is to protect water rights administered under state law, promote the conservation and efficient use of water, provide legislative support, sponsor workshops and seminars related to water issues, provide technical advice to members regarding all water matters and represent members on national water issues through the NWRA and other national associations. The Association will be actively involved in future state and local water issues which benefit its members.
Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS) is a governmental agency that provides comprehensive wholesale electric energy, on a nonprofit basis, to community-owned power systems throughout the Intermountain West.
Utah State History helps people with historical research, building and community preservation issues, cultural resource management, archaeology, and teaching and learning history.
Colorado River Research Group
The purpose of the CRRG is to provide a non-partisan, basin-wide perspective on matters pertaining to the Colorado River, helping all those with a stake in the river identify, justify and implement actions that sustainably meet society's demands for water while maintaining the distinct attributes of the Colorado River ecosystem.
Colorado River Water Users Association
Lamont-Doherthy Earth Observatory
Making of America Books
The Water Information Program (WIP) is a public information program sponsored by the water districts, organizations and agencies in the San Juan and Dolores watersheds of Southwestern Colorado.