Stewart L. Udall: Advocate for the Planet Earth
Special Collections Online Exhibits

Western Waters Digital Library

Digitized content from the Stewart Udall Papers held in University of Arizona Special Collections are available in the Western Waters Digital LibraryIncludes material on the Colorado River and the Mexican Water Treaty.


The West is defined by water, its uses and its disposition. All Arizona members of Congress were dedicated to securing a water allocation for their home state. The correspondence, reports, memos, and telegrams in these files represent significant solutions to long-standing challenges to use of Colorado River water. The Mexican Water Treaty addressed Mexico's needs and rights to current and future claims upon the river. The development of the Central Arizona Project would eventually supply the growing cities of Phoenix and Tucson with water supply. The economic and financial impacts on rural and city dwellers and the rights of Native Americans are evidenced here, as well as the problems of water utilization in an arid area.


Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall during a trip to southern Utah's Canyonlands to inspect the country and develop interest for a proposed national park in the area near the junction of the Green and Colorado Rivers, 1961. Photograph by Bill Peery.