October 18, 2021 (Denver, CO) – On October 15, Colorado Water Conservation Board Director Rebecca Mitchell – who also serves as Colorado River Commissioner for the state – testified before the U.S. House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife on “Colorado River Drought Conditions and Response Measures.”

“It is important for me, as Commissioner of the headwaters state, to make sure that everyone whose work impacts the Colorado River understand the challenges Coloradans face, particularly as the 2019 Drought Contingency Plans are being implemented and the Basin States look forward to the negotiation of the post-2026 operations of the major reservoirs,” said Director Mitchell in her testimony.

On the panel, Director Mitchell joined Governor-appointed representatives from each Colorado River Basin state including: Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. Testimony was also provided by the Department of the Interior’s Assistant Secretary for Water and Science Tanya Trujillo and Tribal representatives Daryl Vigil and Amelia Flores.