Bureau of Reclamation
States volunteer to take more cuts in Colorado River water to stave off mandatory requests
The plan requires Arizona, Nevada and California to cut 500,000 acre-feet in 2022 and 2023 and requires financial investment from the states to fund water efficiency projects and programs to reduce usage throughout the lower basin.
Drought stops agency from flooding Grand Canyon to restore beaches
Colorado River experts suspect politics are at play in decision to cancel the fall release of water to spread sediment through the system.
New projections for low Colorado River flows speed need for dramatic conservation
Conservation groups say revised Bureau of Reclamation predictions are welcome realism showing Colorado needs to save water now.
Analysis: As Colorado River Basin states confront water shortages, it’s time to focus on reducing demand
Colorado River Basin states have a problem even before considering climate change: There are more water rights on paper than there is water in the river.
Feds slash state water draws from Colorado River as drought intensifies
First-ever shortage declaration on key western river means big losses for Arizona and Nevada. Colorado’s own time for cuts and living with less is coming soon, experts warn.
How water rights work in Colorado — and why severe drought makes them work differently
Parched residents’ questions answered, from how much water the Front Range takes from the Western Slope, to how a power dam near Glenwood Springs saves Colorado River fishies
Three Colorado River Basin reservoirs will be partially drained to keep Lake Powell producing hydropower
Drought made an expected 2.5 million acre-feet of water disappear before it ever reached the key reservoir in the Colorado River Compact, forcing federal officials to siphon from Blue Mesa Reservoir and other big pools to protect the electric grid.
The Colorado River is drying up faster than federal officials can keep track. Mandatory water cuts are looming.
Plummeting reservoir levels at Mead and Powell solidify Arizona cutbacks next year and near-future threats to all the Compact states, from Colorado to California
Western states, including Colorado, prepare for possible 1st water shortage declaration
The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation released 24-month projections this week forecasting that less Colorado River water will cascade down from the Rocky Mountains through Lake Powell and Lake Mead
Record low Lake Powell and bad 2021 drought forecast sets stage for water cuts
The Bureau of Reclamation’s dire projections for Colorado River Basin reservoirs for the first time triggers drought contingency planning across seven basin states.
We now know how many billions of gallons of water Colorado will save by closing coal-fired power plants
By 2031 water use for coal-fired power plants in Colorado will drop to 3.7 billion gallons – a 68% reduction, according to the Energy and Policy Institute.
Deep mountain snow raised Lake Mead, Lake Powell water lines. But for the first time, supply cuts loom downstream.
The Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan inked this spring is triggering “a new era” of mandatory cuts for Arizona and Nevada