News and Announcements

On May 27, Agriculture Secretary Vilsack announced that he has designated the Colorado River Basin as a Critical Conservation Area under the newly created Regional Conservation Partnership Program under the 2014 Farm Bill.


Reclamation has just released Final Findings and Strategies, Lower Gunnison Basin, Colorado and Final Report on Findings and Strategies, Uinta Basin, Utah, which represent the conclusion of an 18-month study regarding program implementation in the Lower Gunnison and Uinta Basin salinity areas respectively.


The new 2014 Farm Bill (known as the "Agricultural Act of 2014") passed both the House and the Senate and was signed into law by President Obama on February 7, 2014.



Welcome to the Colorado River Basin Salinity Control Forum Website

Recognizing the rapidly increasing salinity concentration in the Lower Colorado River and its impact on water users, the Colorado River Basin States came together in 1973 and organized the Colorado River Basin Salinity Control Forum (Forum).  In 1974, in coordination with the Department of the Interior and the U.S. State Department, the Forum worked with Congress in the passage of the Colorado River Basin Salinity Control Act (Act).  Title I of the Act deals with the United States’ salinity commitments to Mexico.  Title II of the Act creates the Colorado River Basin Salinity Control Program (Program) which focuses on improving the water quality of the Colorado River to U.S. users above Imperial Dam.


Since implementation of the Program, measures have been put in place which now control more than 1.2 million tons of salt annually.  The salinity concentration at Imperial Dam has been reduced by about 90 mg/L.  However, quantifiable damages to U.S. users presently are approximately $376 million per year.  Damages are projected to increase to $577 million per year if the Program does not continue to be aggressively implemented.