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Upper Basin states layout plan to help the Colorado River, but still say Lower Basin needs to chip in more

Colorado is among four states that sent a letter Monday to the Bureau of Reclamation with a plan, but also maintained the Lower Basin would need to take significant action

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Colorado River water use may have to be slashed by a quarter to avert crisis, federal official warns

Drought and other climate factors have already slowed the flow in Colorado and other Upper Basin states. Some water managers say cuts must come below Hoover Dam.

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How much water is lost in the transfer between Flaming Gorge and Lake Powell?

The Upper Colorado River Commission plans to study the transit losses as part of the 2022 Drought Operations Plan.

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Hanging Lake trail set to reopen earlier than expected; Blue Mesa marinas will be closed for the summer

Crews plan to build a more sustainable trail to the famous waterfall in Glenwood Canyon that can stand up to the “whims of Mother Nature,” a public affairs officer with the Forest Service said.

Outdoors

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

There are better options to accommodate water demand than to bleed agricultural land dry

Opinion Columns

Even less water is now forecast to flow into Lake Powell this year, report says

The final NOAA forecast for the season predicts the amount of water to reach Lake Powell this year to be about 60% of average.

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Bureau of Reclamation announces “extraordinary action” to protect Lake Powell this year

Top officials spoke Tuesday about the dire situation facing the Colorado River Basin

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Flaming Gorge’s upcoming water release could be good news for endangered Colorado River Basin fish

Details are still being finalized, but the Upper Colorado Endangered Fish Recovery Program now plans to conduct additional research this year

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500,000 acre-feet of water will be released from Flaming Gorge reservoir in Wyoming to protect Lake Powell

Blue Mesa near Gunnison is for the moment safe from letting more water go, but Colorado River Drought Operations Plan says that could change

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Interior Department may limit Lake Powell water releases to protect infrastructure, hydropower production

The potential plan would not immediately impact Colorado water users, but it’s another sign of the challenges facing the Colorado River

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The Colorado River Basin looks to be locking in another dry year 

April NOAA forecast predicts the water headed for Lake Powell will be around two-thirds of average

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Colorado River Basin hydropower revenue could be down 38%, forcing environmental programs to seek funding elsewhere

The Upper Colorado Endangered Fish Recovery Program, which is helping four species recover, gets majority of its funding from hydropower sales

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Colorado hits a “hard pause” on water demand management as it waits for other states to catch up

The Colorado Water Conservation Board wants to instead focus on what can be done to help Colorado water users this year

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Lake Powell outlook “substantially worse” than predictions after water level falls below target elevation

It’s not looking to be a good season for boating on Blue Mesa — if there’s a season at all

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Zornio: Amid growing water shortages, Colorado’s agricultural scene must change

As droughts continue to ravage the American West, traditional methods of agriculture remain the top drain on Colorado's dwindling water supply

Opinion Columns

Lake Powell likely to drop below critical level in next two weeks

Water managers in the Colorado River Basin have tried to keep Lake Powell from falling under 3,525 feet — it’s likely to happen soon.

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Federal water projections for Lake Powell and other reservoirs are “too rosy,” new analysis finds

Colorado River researchers went “under the hood” on the Bureau of Reclamation's 24-Month Study and found it was consistently too optimistic.

Environment

Congressional infrastructure deal brings $8B in climate, water projects to the West

Conservation groups say the bill is a climate and water budget bonanza for Colorado

Environment

Drought stops agency from flooding Grand Canyon to restore beaches

Colorado River experts suspect politics are at play in decision to cancel the fall release of water to spread sediment through the system.

Climate

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

Conservation groups say revised Bureau of Reclamation predictions are welcome realism showing Colorado needs to save water now.

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