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Region: Colorado River

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Region Type: River Basin

Cities in the Region:

Las Vegas, Phoenix, Glendale, Mesa, Tucson

Countries in the Region:

Mexico, United States of America


634520.242176 km2

Region Overview:

The Colorado River (Mohave: 'Aha Kwahwat, Havasupai : Ha Ŧay Gʼam or Sil Gsvgov, or in Spanish: Río Colorado) is the principal river of the southwestern United Stated and northwest Mexico . The 1,450-mile (2,330 km) river drains an expansive, arid watershed  that encompasses parts of seven U.S. and two Mexican states. Three-fourths of the Colorado basin is federal land comprised of national forests, national parks, and Indian reservations. The river is the primary source of water for a region that receives little annual rainfalRising in the central Rocky Mountains in the U.S., the river flows generally southwest across the Colorado Plateau and through the Grand Canyon before reaching Lake Mead on the Arizona-Nevada line, where it turns south towards the international border. After entering Mexico, the Colorado historically formed a large delta, emptying into the Gulf of California between Baja California and Sonora, but now generally dries up shortly below the last dam on the river, near the U.S. Mexico border. More than 20 major dams and a complex set of treaties, compacts, laws, and judicial decisions tightly control the river's flows and allocation

Source: Colorado River Water User Association


Fraser River, Eagle River, Roaring Fork River, Gunnison River, Dolores River, San Juan River, Little Colorado River, Bill Williams River, Gila River, Green River,Verde River, Dirty Devil River, Escalante River, Kanab River, Virgin River, Salt River, Paria River, Muddy River, Yampa River, White River, Blue River, Plateau Creek, Dark Canyon, San Juan River, Hardy River, Bright Angel Creek, Tapeats Creek, Deer Creek, Kanab Creek, Havasu Creek, Diamond Creek. Las Vegas Wash

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The Pacific Institute envisions a world in which society, the economy, and the environment have the water they need to thrive now and in the future. In pursuit of this vision, the Institute creates and advances solutions to the world’s ... Learn More

The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. We acheive this through the dedicated efforts of our diverse staff, including more than 550 scientists, located in all 50 U.S. states ... Learn More

The Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS) is a partnership of some of the world’s leaders in sustainable water resource management, bringing together businesses, multilateral agencies, governments, civil society and communities to drive consensus-based actions on shared water risk. At the ... Learn More

Olam International is a leading agri-business operating from seed to shelf in 65 countries, supplying food and industrial raw materials to over 13,800 customers worldwide. Our team of 23,000 employees has built a leadership position in many businesses including cocoa, ... Learn More

NAQWA is a Russian company which developes and makes nano drinking water recoverers. Our product NAQWA SPRING Drinking Water Recoverer (NAQWA SWR, ) created and manufactured in Russia is intended to provide sustainable drinking water solutions first of all ... Learn More

BEF and has worked over the last decade to scope, develop, support, and design dozens of environmental water programs and projects across the Western U.S. The organization has been instrumental in building an NGO-led environmental water stewardship movement around Western ... Learn More

Ecolab is the global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services that protect people and vital resources. With 2012 sales of $12 billion and 44,000 associates, Ecolab delivers comprehensive solutions and on-site service to promote safe food, maintain ... Learn More

Water is a key part of every stage of our business, from the barley field to the bottling line. The availability of qualityclean, fresh water is critical not only to MillerCoors, but also to the communities we serve. where we ... Learn More

Veolia Water North America (VWNA) is a water systems service provider and has municipal and private sector customers in the area surrounding the Colorado River Basin. We are also committed to sustainable management of the water resource ( Based in ... Learn More

Blue Planet Network provides a technology platform for funders to easily select, monitor, and manage WASH projects that have been peer reviewed and vetted for quality and sustainability. Each member project must pass a rigorous peer review and planning process ... Learn More