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.
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.
Even after a rush of snow and rain, the thirsty Colorado River Basin is “not out of the woods yet”
It will take as many as 13 water years exactly like this one to erase the impacts of long-term drought in the West, Colorado River District engineers say