The Colorado River has always been known for its superlatives - the hardest working river in United States, the most iconic landscapes in the West, and now, one of our resources most threatened by climate change. Growing population, increasing temperature, and decreased run-off have already created a supply/demand imbalance and further pressures are anticipated. This a pivotal time for the river and those who use its water. How do we deal with decreased supplies when the water is already over-subscribed, and how can we provide water to sustain people and agriculture while restoring some of the river’s natural values? States, cities, the federal government, and other stakeholders are all striving for solutions. Anne Castle will discuss current efforts to create a more sustainable system, including the groundbreaking engagement with Mexico to protect and restore this shared resource.

Anne Castle is currently the Landreth Visiting Fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute. From 2009 to 2014, she served as Assistant Secretary for Water and Science at the U.S. Department of Interior, where she had overall responsibility for the federal government’s role in Colorado River management.