Established in 1997, the Foundation’s program dedicated to the
lifeline of the Southwest is known as the Colorado River Project.
It is focused on educating people about challenges facing
the Upper and Lower Colorado River Basins and assisting the many
stakeholders in the two basins in reaching common ground.
Financial support for the project is provided through a grant
from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s Upper and Lower Colorado
Regions along with contributions from agencies, companies and
The first Colorado River Symposium was held in
1997 to mark the 75th anniversary of the Colorado River Compact.
Subsequent symposia were held in 1999, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007,
2009, 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017. Printed proceedings are
available from each of these events.
The Water Education Foundation is a major partner with Southern
Nevada Water Authority and other stakeholders in an effort to
create a highly immersive, interactive traveling museum
exhibition that engages water users in the complex issues
surrounding the Colorado River Basin. The exhibit, once launched,
will be designed to inspire meaningful change that embraces
water stewardship and respect of the West’s limited water
Our advisory committee is made up of stakeholder groups from
across the Colorado River Basin, including water users, tribal
representatives, environmental groups and former officials with
the U.S. Department of the Interior and the Bureau of