Basin states continue to disagree on how to change the reservoirs’ operations, but they do agree that the current rules don’t work.
The massive lake acts like a savings bank for water users, but the account balance is low enough to make officials from across the West nervous
Pictures document “Big Blue” in 2021 and again in 2023
The basin’s largest reservoirs might see slight recovery, but they’re far from being full.
Colorado water agencies say the onus is on Lower Basin states to carve a path forward.
Emergency managers are prepping for high spring runoff as a precaution, even as more snow piles on.
Winter snow accumulation offers water officials a breather as they face the basin’s long-term drought.
California wants cuts based on Lake Mead elevation and not on water lost to evaporation and transportation, which Colorado and other states propose
Satellite data shows groundwater has dropped faster across the Colorado River Basin than reservoir levels at Lake Powell and Lake Mead
Another significantly dry year combined with a 7 million acre-foot release could drop the reservoir below the point at which the dam can no longer generate hydropower