After Arizona and California Miss Deadline, Reclamation Initiates Colorado River Drought Actions by Jay Tanner Feb 1, 2019 Water News At a press conference today, Commissioner of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Brenda Burman announced that the bureau will publish a notice to the Federal Register that will seek recommendations from all seven Colorado River basin state governors on protective action the federal government should take to maintain water in the Colorado River system. In December 2018, Burman gave notice to the seven Colorado River basin states that the Secretary of the Interior would use broad watermaster authority to take over management of the Colorado River if the states did not finalize their Drought Contingency Plans (DCPs) by Jan. 31, 2019. Commissioner Burman noted that several states have completed their DCPs. However, Arizona and California still have not taken all the steps necessary to finalize their plans. While recognizing all the progress both states have made so far, she emphasized that “close isn’t done.” If all of the states finalize their DCPs before March 4, the Federal Register notice from Reclamation will be withdrawn. The Commissioner emphasized that Reclamation seeks to continue to be a strong partner with all the basin states and is hopeful that the DCP agreement can be reached before the March 4 request for recommendations. The Bureau of Reclamation press release can be found here.