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Colorado River Salinity Basin Control Program (CRBSCP)

Program Description:

The primary goal of the Colorado River Basin Salinity Control Program is to reduce salinity concentrations in the Colorado River and thereby reduce economic and ecological damages to agricultural, municipal, and industrial water users in the Lower Colorado River Basin in both the U.S. and Mexico. The Bureau of Reclamation is the federal agency with the primary lead and responsibility to implement the program and coordinate salinity control efforts of partnering agencies within the seven basin states. The Natural Resources Conservation Service is responsible for on-farm salinity control funded primarily through EQIP allocations to approved salinity project areas. Other partners in this effort include the Colorado River Salinity Control Forum, and State of Utah Department of Agriculture and Food who are responsible to administer Basin Parallel Program funds.


The Bureau of Reclamation provides "Funding Opportunity Announcements" for salinity control project proposals throughout the entire Colorado River Basin. Contact; Ben Radcliffe, BOR Provo Area Office (801-379-1213) or Kib Jacobson, Upper Colorado Regional Office Salt Lake City (801-524-3753).

The NRCS provides applications for eligible agricultural producers to sign up for EQIP Salinity Control Funding on a continual basis. Lands considered for enrollment for EQIP-Salinity Control must be located in approved salinity control areas and meet specific EQIP program eligibility requirements.

Sign Up: 


  • Uintah Basin and Manila-Washam Units - Jeremy Maycock (435-722-4621 Ext 109)
  • Price-San Rafael, Muddy Creek, Green River Units - Lowell Gardner (435-381-2300 Ext 112).

Colorado River Basin Salinity Control Program Monitoring Reports Available: 

The 2016 Colorado River Salinity Control Program monitoring report provides status updates for the Green River, Muddy Creek, Price San Rafael, Uintah Basin, and Manila-Washam Salinity Control Units in Utah. The monitoring report is an annual and cumulative progress summary of the funding, contracts, and practice implementation in each of the approved salinity control areas. Monitoring activities include the effects of project implementation to salt loading in the Colorado River, effects to wildlife habitat, and economic data that identifies the cost effectiveness of the program for agricultural producers and the government.

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2016 Utah Monitoring and Evaluation Report (PDF, 862 KB)

Archived Information

Updated: 1/24/2018