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PHOTOS: Summit County torches 400 acres of beetle-kill ahead of wildfire season

Last of the burning piles were ignited ahead of warmer, dryer months in Colorado

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Even less water is now forecast to flow into Lake Powell this year, report says

The final NOAA forecast for the season predicts the amount of water to reach Lake Powell this year to be about 60% of average.

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Will massive Western wildfires leave more or less water in rivers?

Scientists at Colorado State University and elsewhere in the West are poking and prodding for clues into how wildfire impacts water supply.

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To refine water forecasts, Western cities — including some in Colorado — map the snowpack by plane

For decades, Western U.S. states have been measuring snow through hundreds of remote sensing sites known as SNOTEL stations. But as climate change causes rising temperatures, water managers are looking for other ways to finetune forecasting methods.

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Bureau of Reclamation announces “extraordinary action” to protect Lake Powell this year

Top officials spoke Tuesday about the dire situation facing the Colorado River Basin

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Body in barrel found at bottom of Lake Mead as drought depletes reservoir

Officials predict the ongoing drought could lead to more grim findings

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Flaming Gorge’s upcoming water release could be good news for endangered Colorado River Basin fish

Details are still being finalized, but the Upper Colorado Endangered Fish Recovery Program now plans to conduct additional research this year

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Las Vegas’ water intake now visible at drought-stricken Lake Mead

Lake Mead and Lake Powell upstream are the largest human-made reservoirs in the U.S., part of a system that provides water to more than 40 million people

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Drought, climate change push Eagle County to rebuild a scuttled dam, as growth brings water needs

A plan to revive Bolts Lake in Minturn could provide an additional 1,200 acre-feet of water storage

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Attempt to stop Colorado water speculation is circling the drain

Despite intense pressure from drought, downstream states and private-money water development, the legislature says impinging farmers’ right to sell is too risky.

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Colorado legislature sets aside $60 million for groundwater sustainability in the Rio Grande, Republican River basins

The money would be used to meet state groundwater sustainability, interstate compact compliance targets in the Rio Grande and Republican River basins

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500,000 acre-feet of water will be released from Flaming Gorge reservoir in Wyoming to protect Lake Powell

Blue Mesa near Gunnison is for the moment safe from letting more water go, but Colorado River Drought Operations Plan says that could change

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Nebraska governor signs into law plan to advance Colorado canal project

The law allows Nebraska to begin work on the $500 million canal, but the measure includes only $53.5 million to design the project and potentially secure purchase options on land

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Interior Department may limit Lake Powell water releases to protect infrastructure, hydropower production

The potential plan would not immediately impact Colorado water users, but it’s another sign of the challenges facing the Colorado River

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Nebraska lawmakers approve proposed $500M canal in Colorado

Lawmakers passed the measure with little fanfare and sent it to Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts, who proposed the idea and is expected to sign it

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The Colorado River Basin looks to be locking in another dry year 

April NOAA forecast predicts the water headed for Lake Powell will be around two-thirds of average

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Colorado River Basin hydropower revenue could be down 38%, forcing environmental programs to seek funding elsewhere

The Upper Colorado Endangered Fish Recovery Program, which is helping four species recover, gets majority of its funding from hydropower sales

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Silt seeks long-term drinking water solution after Grizzly Creek fire, mudslides tainted Colorado River

The small town down the river from Glenwood Canyon has struggled with additional water filtration, costly repairs ever since the burn

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Punished by drought, some southwest Colorado farmers survived 2021 on 10% of their normal water supply

Last year’s dry conditions made it difficult for farmers in southwest Colorado — they’re hoping they can make it through what could be another tough year.

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Fire and rain: West to get more one-two extreme climate hits

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