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Opinion: Farms should not be a default source of water to growing Colorado cities

The seven Colorado River Basin States and stakeholders are engaging to replace an important document with a long name: The 2007 Interim Guidelines for Lower Basin Shortages and the Coordinated Operations for Lake Powell and Lake Mead. These Interim Guidelines are set to expire in 2026. Over the past year, the Family Farm Alliance has […]

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States volunteer to take more cuts in Colorado River water to stave off mandatory requests

By Brittany Peterson and Felicia Fonseca, The Associated Press LAS VEGAS — Water leaders in Arizona, Nevada and California signed an agreement Wednesday to voluntarily reduce their take from the Colorado River to help stave off mandatory cuts in the upcoming years. The signing took place at the Colorado River Water Users Association annual meeting […]

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Analysis: As Colorado River Basin states confront water shortages, it’s time to focus on reducing demand

By Robert Glennon, University of Arizona The U.S. government announced its first-ever water shortage declaration for the Colorado River on Aug. 16, 2021, triggering future cuts in the amount of water states will be allowed to draw from the river. The Tier 1 shortage declaration followed the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s forecast that the water […]

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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 […]