Golden Gate University Environmental Law Journal


David L. Wegner


The objective of this article is to discuss the need for a comprehensive and public review of alternative management options for the Colorado River system in the future. Due to the institutional and physical complexity of the basin, this analysis should be accomplished through the use of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (“NEPA”) and incorporating the requirements of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (“ESA”). We believe this review is necessary due to requirements of the ESA, impacts to the Colorado River delta, and increasing concerns related to the changing climate.