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Drought stops agency from flooding Grand Canyon to restore beaches

LAS VEGAS — The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation decided not to send water rushing through the Grand Canyon this month to rebuild beaches for campers and sandbars for fish because of persistent drought, officials said. An abundance of sand in the Colorado River system gives the agency an opportunity to flood the waterway to spread […]

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Three Colorado River Basin reservoirs will be partially drained to keep Lake Powell producing hydropower

  The nation’s Western drought is so severe that federal predictions of Colorado River flows into Lake Powell for 2021 dropped by the equivalent of 10 Lake Dillons in just six months, according to a key new report.  In issuing the report Friday, U.S. water engineers said they will for the first time take water […]

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Changes were made to water flow out of the Glen Canyon Dam. And that led to more bugs in the Colorado River.

By Felicia Fonseca, The Associated Press FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Ted Kennedy sums up what he sees along the river in the Grand Canyon: “It’s buggy out there.” That is to say, an experiment to change the flow of water from a dam near the Arizona-Utah state line appeared to boost the number of aquatic insects […]