Senior Fellow, Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy and the Environment
University of Colorado
Web: Initiative on universal access to clean and safe water on Indian reservations (https://naturalresourcespolicy.org/docs/water-tribes/clean-water-access-brochure.pdf)
Research Interests & Background:
Anne Castle's research and practice focuses on western water issues including Colorado River operational policy and the integration of tribal water interests. She is a founding member of the Water Policy Group, comprised of select water sector experts who have been decision makers and trusted advisers within governments and international bodies handling complex water policy and strategy. From 2009 to 2014, she was Assistant Secretary for Water and Science at the U.S. Department of the Interior where she oversaw water and science policy for the Department and had responsibility for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Geological Survey.
While at Interior, Castle spearheaded the Department’s WaterSMART program, which provides federal support for sustainable water supplies and provided hands-on leadership on Colorado River issues including a ground-breaking agreement between the US and Mexico. She is the President of the Board of Directors of the Colorado Water Trust, and serves on boards or advisory committees for Western Resource Advocates, Colorado Legal Services, the Salazar Center for North American Conservation, the Airborne Snow Observatory, Stanford University’s Water in the West program, and the Colorado River Water and Tribes Initiative, where she is co-leading an initiative on universal access to clean and safe water on Indian reservations.
Selected Colorado River Publications
A. Castle, Drought Contingency Planning in the Colorado River Basin, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institute, July 2020.
A. Castle & J. Fleck, The Risk of Curtailment under the Colorado River Compact, November 2019, available at https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3483654.
L. MacDonnell & A. Castle, Shepherding Appropriated Water Within Colorado and to Lake Powell for Colorado River Compact Security, White Paper and Technical Appendix, 2017, available at https://ssrn.com/abstract=3029478 and https://ssrn.com/abstract=3033276.
A. Castle, Colorado River: Critical Infrastructure Needs, a White Paper for the Walton Family Foundation, 2017, available at https://8ce82b94a8c4fdc3ea6d-b1d233e3bc3cb10858bea65ff05e18f2.ssl.cf2.rackcdn.com/ad/a2/45db4bfa4736b86c1169187a7cbb/co-river-critical-infrastructure-needs-6717-final.pdf
M. Green & A. Castle, Assured Water Supply Laws in the Western United States – The Current State of Play, Colorado Natural Resources, Energy, and Environmental Law Review, Vol. 28, Issue 1, 2017, available at https://www.colorado.edu/law/sites/default/files/attached-files/castle_final.pdf
A. Castle & L. MacDonnell, An Enhanced Colorado Water Bank, Proposal and White Paper, 2016, available at https://ssrn.com/abstract=2802762 and https://ssrn.com/abstract=2802744.
A. Castle et al., Colorado River Policy: Opportunities for Tangible Progress, 2016, available at https://www.colorado.edu/law/sites/default/files/Colorado%20River%20Policy%20Opportunities%20for%20Tangible%20Progress.pdf
Selected Colorado River Presentations
Coping with Scarcity - Lessons Learned from the Colorado River. Georgia Water Resource Conference, March 23, 2021.
Use of remote sensing-based runoff forecasts for the Colorado and Rio Grande Basins. Airborne Snow Observatories Annual Meeting, October 27, 2020.
Transboundary issues with Mexico in the Colorado River Basin. US State Department, Water Security Through Transboundary Cooperation, October 8, 2020.
Toward a Colorado River Community: Past, Present, and Future. City of Flagstaff, Colorado River Days, September 10, 2020.
Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan. Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institute, July 23, 2020.
Colorado River: Slide to Sustainability. Colorado River Conversations, May 6, 2020, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZRDjADVcOE
Insights from the Colorado River, Podcast, Global Water Institute, University of New South Wales, May 28, 2020, Global Water Matters Podcast Episode 2.