Colorado River Compact

Colorado River Compact

In 1922 Wyoming, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Arizona, and California signed the Colorado River Compact to help divide water from the Colorado River fairly among the seven states it passes through. Almost immediately, politicians and citizens of all these states began to fight against the approval of the Compact, and it would not be approved until 1944.

Read About It

Use the document analysis sheet and the photograph analysis sheet to uncover clues about the people that created the documents. 

Understand It

  1. When was the Colorado River Compact created? When was it approved?
  2. Who created the documents linked above? What did they think of the Colorado River Compact? Is there a bias in their writing?
  3. Who has a right to use the water from the Colorado River? What should it be used for? Are all the groups who have a right to water from the Colorado represented in the documents above?
  4. Would you have approved the Colorado River Compact? Why or why not?


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