Colorado River

June 2, 2016--What happens when the American Southwest runs out of water? (Esquire)

There is less of Lake Mead than there ever has been before, which is a problem because Lake Mead is the largest reservoir in the United States. Created by the construction of Hoover Dam, a big government project of the past, Lake Mead provides drinking water to four states, including California.


May 31, 2016--As one of its chief sources of water dries pp, California eases restrictions on use nonetheless (ProPublica)

Earlier this month, California lifted its sweeping restrictions on how its towns and cities use their water, signaling that even though much of the state continues to face extraordinary drought, a moderately wet winter has blunted officials’ sense of urgency over water shortages. Seemingly overlooked, however, is the state’s enormous reliance on the Colorado River for its urban


May 21, 2016--White House drought strategy will help Southwest (Pueblo Chieftain)

Drought has taken a record toll on the western United States. The 16-year drought we are experiencing (with no end in sight) affects millions of Americans and poses a serious threat to local communities. From farmers who need water to irrigate crops to families that rely on healthy waterways for jobs and recreation, to wildlife and ecosystems — nearly everyone and ev


May 19, 2016--‘Early warning signal’: Lake Mead hits historic low (Las Vegas Sun)

Lake Mead’s surface Wednesday evening hit its lowest level since the man-made reservoir was created by the building of the Hoover Dam in 1935. The surface of the lake — a critical source of water for Nevada, California, Arizona and Mexico — is expected to drop lower in the coming weeks, but rebound before the beginning of next year, when jurisdictions would be asked to ac


May 15, 2016--Meeting the demands of the Colorado River (Grand Junction Sentinel)

Heavy attention on California’s sustained and severe drought, recent coverage of water sharing agreements in the Lower Colorado River Basin, and most recently an insightful piece in this newspaper from Colorado River Water Conservation District General Manager Eric Kuhn (Sixteen years of drought in the Colorado River Basin: Reality or talking point?


May 13, 2016--Water conservation funding in Senate spending bill will benefit rivers and fish (Water Online)

On May 12, 2016 the Senate passed a bill that sets funding levels for energy and water development and includes increased investments in conservation that would benefit fish, wildlife, riparian habitat, and sportsmen, especially in drought-stricken states. In a victory for sportsmen, the bill did not include a rider to block the Clean Water Rule, which will restore pr


May 12, 2016--Man-made lake expected to reach record low (Las Vegas Sun)

Lake Mead’s already low water levels are expected to drop even further. The “Las Vegas Sun” says the man-made reservoir could surpass its historic low after next Wednesday.


May 12, 2016--Sixteen years of drought in the Colorado River Basin: Reality or talking point? (Grand Junction Sentinel)

I was recently reading an article on the negotiations among the Lower Basin states concerning their use of Colorado River water when I came across this phrase: “after 16 years of drought.” It’s a phrase I’ve been seeing for many years now.


May 11, 2016--Nevada prepared for more Lake Mead cuts without ‘drastic steps’ (Las Vegas Sun)

Lake Mead is expected to surpass its historic low after next Wednesday. By the end of June, it is expected to have dropped to its lowest level since the man-made reservoir was created by the completion of the Hoover Dam in 1935.


May 10, 2016--Groundwater a huge factor in sustaining Colorado River flows (Summit Voice)

Resource managers grappling with the vexing question of how to allocate Colorado River water to the thirsty cities, ranches and farms of the Southwest have some new food for thought. A new U.S.


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