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New projections for low Colorado River flows speed need for dramatic conservation

A new federal system for projecting Colorado River water flows in the next two years confirms dire news about drought draining the West’s key reservoirs, and increases pressure on Colorado to conserve water immediately to avoid future demands from down-river states, conservation groups say.  The federal Bureau of Reclamation’s new system for projecting vital Colorado […]

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Climate change isn’t coming in the future, it’s already here. This is how it’s impacting your everyday life.

When Virginia Iglesias goes climbing in Eldorado Canyon or skis the Gore Range, she tries to block out all the big data she collects as a researcher for the University of Colorado’s Earth Lab climate change section. But it’s hard to ignore. The wildfire smoke and ozone choking her climbing friends and obscuring the views […]

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Deep mountain snow raised Lake Mead, Lake Powell water lines. But for the first time, supply cuts loom downstream.

Bountiful snow in the Rocky Mountains last winter buoyed levels in Lake Mead and Lake Powell, but not enough to prevent the first-ever mandatory cuts in water delivery for Arizona and Nevada under drought contingency plans finalized this spring by the states that rely on the Colorado River Basin.  Lake Mead will enter 2020 just […]