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Southwest states given more time to agree on water cuts to prevent largest reservoirs from reaching critically low levels

Despite giving states more time to negotiate, federal officials said some cuts were coming to parts of the Colorado River Basin

Water

Inflation/climate bill includes $4 billion for buying water to save the Colorado River Basin

Bennet, other Western senators applaud funds meant to rent, buy or save water to fill the 2 million to 4 million acre-foot gap amid historic drought.

Environment

Upper Basin states layout plan to help the Colorado River, but still say Lower Basin needs to chip in more

Colorado is among four states that sent a letter Monday to the Bureau of Reclamation with a plan, but also maintained the Lower Basin would need to take significant action

Water

Colorado’s drought is bad. Tree ring history shows it could get a lot worse.  

A new study finds a scorching spell 1,800 years ago robbed the Colorado River of more than one-third of its water.

Environment

How much water is lost in the transfer between Flaming Gorge and Lake Powell?

The Upper Colorado River Commission plans to study the transit losses as part of the 2022 Drought Operations Plan.

Water

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

Water

Lake Powell outlook “substantially worse” than predictions after water level falls below target elevation

It’s not looking to be a good season for boating on Blue Mesa — if there’s a season at all

Water

A once-small Colorado mining town is going through a growth spurt. Can the water supply keep up?

Increased prices and scarcity of supply led Firestone to pursue a cheaper water alternative

Environment

Lake Powell likely to drop below critical level in next two weeks

Water managers in the Colorado River Basin have tried to keep Lake Powell from falling under 3,525 feet — it’s likely to happen soon.

Water

Federal water projections for Lake Powell and other reservoirs are “too rosy,” new analysis finds

Colorado River researchers went “under the hood” on the Bureau of Reclamation's 24-Month Study and found it was consistently too optimistic.

Environment

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.

Water

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.

Climate

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.

Water

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.

Water

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.

Water

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

Climate

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.

Environment

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

Climate

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

Environment

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.

Climate
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