Colorado River Water Conservation Program

Canal and Agriculture

The Colorado River Basin has been in historic drought conditions since the early 2000s. Currently, the combined storage in Lake Powell and Lake Mead are at their lowest levels (below 35%) since Lake Powell initially began filling in the 1960s. CVWD has been actively discussing with other Basin States to help mitigate the impacts of the historical dry conditions.

As a first step, CVWD is soliciting interest for a voluntary, temporary, and compensated water conservation program for canal water users that can demonstrate a reduction in Colorado River water use for 2022 - 23. Participants will be incentivized $200/af (net) based on savings against their historical water use over the most recent 5-year period.

As an example, this water savings could be achieve through the removal of agricultural land from production (substitution of groundwater will not be allowed). Other water conservation methods that can result in demonstrated water savings through 2023 will also be considered. CVWD will administer the program with funding provided by external sources. More information about the Colorado River Water Conservation Program can be found on the program fact sheet.

CVWD will hold a public workshop on May 17, 2022 at 9 a.m. at our Coachella office, 51501 Tyler St, Coachella, CA 92236, to address any questions and field any comments that potential participants may have about the program.  

Interested individuals, may also participate via Zoom.  For Zoom details, please refer to the meeting agenda at

To help CVWD gauge the level of interest in the program, interested participants are requested to fill out our survey. You may complete and turn in the survey by one of the following methods: