Adaptation Case Studies in the Western United States

October 31, 2011

This report contains two case studies from the Western United States that explore water shortages in the West, water rights along the Colorado River, and the protection of an endangered ground-dwelling bird: the greater sage grouse.  In doing so, the report also examines the role of states in adaptation planning and the intersection between state and federal authority.

The report looks at specific policies and unique approaches being adopted in Colorado and Wyoming to tackle water and species endangerment issues, and the states' rational for action.