BLM Colorado

BLM Colorado

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Colorado River Salinity Program

BLM FISHERIES NATIONAL OPERATIONS CENTER

Colorado River Salinity Program

The NOC Division of Resource Services continued efforts to refine and develop a regional water-quality model for the Colorado River Basin. The purpose of the model is to provide capability for quantifying and reporting the effectiveness of BLM management activities in retaining salt and sediment on public lands and to assess cumulative efforts towards meeting federal water quality standards for the Colorado River.


Quantifiable damages from excessive salt concentrations in the Colorado River are estimated at about $382M each year. The BLM is required by the Colorado River Basin Salinity Control Act of 1974 to partner with federal and state agencies to protect and improve the quality of Colorado River water.