Metropolitan Statement on the Signing of the Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jeffrey Kightlinger, general manager of the Metropolitan Water
District of Southern California, issues the following statement on
today’s historic signing of the Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan.

“Today we are seeing the culmination of a remarkable level of
cooperation among seven states, two nations and 10 Indian tribes, all of
which rely on the Colorado River for the success of their people, farms
and economies. The tough reality is, between climate change and severe
drought, the Colorado River is at risk of critical shortage. To bring
back a level of sustainability to the river, and ensure we can all
provide our communities a reliable water supply in the long-term, we
needed to work together. And we did. California recognized that despite
holding senior water rights on the river, it needed to shoulder its
share of the burden. Nevada and Arizona agreed to additional
contributions, beyond those agreed to in 2007. And Mexico, reaffirming
its partnership with the U.S. on water issues, committed itself early to
its contribution. The fact we were able to put together such a complex
agreement speaks to the cooperation among the states and between the
U.S. and Mexico in resolving critical issues.

“Now we must build on that cooperation and trust to negotiate long-term
solutions to our challenges on the Colorado River. Climate change is
already resulting in less runoff on the river, even in normal snowpack
years. Those impacts are expected to worsen in the future. We have to
figure out ways to make up for that or live with less. The DCP has given
us a bridge to the long-term solutions we need.”

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is a
state-established cooperative that delivers water to 26 member agencies
serving 19 million people in six counties. The district imports water
from the Colorado River and Northern California to supplement local
supplies, and helps develop increased water conservation, recycling,
storage and other resource-management programs.


Rebecca Kimitch, (213) 217-6450; (202) 821-5253, mobile
Fairfield, (213) 217-6853; (909) 816-7722, mobile

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