How the West was Watered: A Case Study of the Colorado River

This case study is divided into two parts to explore the Colorado River and the tradeoffs involved in managing the river. In Part I, background information on the river basin is presented within the social, political, and environmental context of the system’s complex management framework. In Part II, the class is tasked with completing a brief stakeholder analysis for the river that allows them to explore the tradeoffs involved in managing the Colorado River. Finally, students are asked to use their understanding of the river and its stakeholders to explore how the West will be watered.

Featured in: Lessons in Conservation: Water Issue

See also:
A Comprehensive Simulation of the Colorado River Basin: An Interactive Exercise
Stakeholder Analysis
Thirsty Metropolis: A Case Study of New York City's Drinking Water

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Source: By Eric Olsen & Henry Fountain, The New York Times April 2013


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Case Study: How the West was Watered: A Case Study of the Colorado River

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