The Colorado River Compact at 100

The Colorado Compact was designed 100 years ago to govern water allocations from the Colorado River. This panel will explore the fraught history of the compact, its legacy on the Southwestern landscape, and how governments and citizens are rethinking the Compact alongside a changing climate.


  • Anna Andrzejewski, Bradshaw Knight Professor of Environmental Humanities and director, Center for Culture, History, and Environment, University of Wisconsin–Madison
  • Paul Block, associate professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Wisconsin–Madison
  • Eric Carson, professor, Division of Extension, University of Wisconsin–Madison
  • Bradford Barhamprofessor of agricultural and applied economics, University of Wisconsin–Madison
  • Patty Rettig, head archivist, Water Resources Archive, Colorado State University

Hosted by the Nelson Institute Center for Culture, History, and Environment

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