The 2023 water year was one of the wettest periods in over a century. “It was a season of abundance,” one reservoir manager said.
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
The Interior Department said it will publish in the Federal Register on Friday a call for replacing guidelines that expire in 2026, including pacts enacted in 2007 for states to share cutbacks in water drawn from a river diminished by drought and climate change
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.
Deep mountain snow in Colorado is good news, but what really matters is how reservoirs and soil moisture are replenished when it melts