Colorado River

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May 18, 2015--Feds project Lake Mead below drought trigger point in 2017 (ABC News)

Federal water managers released a report Monday projecting that Lake Mead's water levels will fall below a point in January 2017 that would force supply cuts to Arizona and Nevada. The effects could be serious. Arizona's allocation of Colorado River water could be cut 11.4 percent, or by an amount normally used by more than 600,000 homes.


May 18, 2015--Colorado River report poses tough questions about future (Tucson.com)

It’s not clear how much more water people in Tucson and other cities can conserve to bail out the drought-stricken Colorado River. At some point, we’ll hit a wall at which more conservation won’t be possible. It will be difficult, if not impossible, for the region to limit the growth that threatens to outrun the water savings achieved by conservation.


May 16, 2015--Drought’s extremes tallied at record-low Lake Mead (New York Times)

Gail Kaiser has spent much of her life here on Lake Mead, with its crystal blue water pouring into canyons and splintering off like blood vessels into coves and bays, forming the vast reservoir that stretches into two states. She was just a child when, in 1957, her father took over the marina that has stayed in her family’s hands ever since.


May 15, 2015--Southwest reservoirs play catch-up (Durango Herald)

Colorado is slogging through a wetter-than-normal spring, with heavy rain restoring much-needed moisture to parched rangeland and sending some rivers over the banks. But the precipitation isn’t helping dry downstream states in the Southwest that rely on the Colorado River, which originates in western Colorado. The U.S.


May 14, 2015--US water experts calls for Australian-style water reforms to Colorado River Basin (ABC Rural)

As the Colorado River Basin edges closer to its first ever officially declared shortage, one expert is calling on policy makers to adopt Australian-style water reform to cope with looming shortages. The Colorado River traces a path from the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, through Utah, Arizona, Nevada, and California, before crossing into Mexico. Recently, Washington-based environmental


May 13, 2015--Colorado River water shortage looms (U-T San Diego)

California’s drought emergency woes have worsened, with a shortage on the Colorado River next year becoming increasingly likely. Odds of a shortage rose from 33 percent to 50 percent from April 1 to May 1, Metropolitan Water District, Southern California’s largest water wholesaler, said Monday.


May 8, 2015--Dolores River conservation group has successful 2014 (Telluride Daily Planet)

In a presentation to the San Miguel County Board of Commissioners at their meeting Wednesday, Nature Conservancy Southwest Colorado Project Director Peter Mueller updated the board on the work of the Dolores River Restoration Partnership, a private-public partnership that works to preserve the wildlife and ecology of the river that starts in the San Juan Mountains and runs to its confluence wit


April 24, 2015--The Grand Canyon's lost battle paves way for uranium mining (Men's Journal)

On April 7, a U.S. federal judge in Arizona denied a request to halt new uranium mining at a private site six miles from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. The decision came on the exact day the national non-profit American Rivers named the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon the "Most Endangered River" of 2015.


April 24, 2015--Savage drought will drive Lake Mead to record low on Sunday (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

Sunday’s forecast for Lake Mead calls for breezy conditions, with a high in the low 80s and a water level as low as it has been in 78 years. The reservoir east of Las Vegas is expected to reach a new record low this weekend and continue downward another 7 feet through June, as the drought-stricken Colorado River withers from its 12th dry year since 2000.


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