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February 17, 2014--Water shortages: What to expect in the future (Arizona Republic)

Central Arizona Project is the primary steward of Arizona’s Colorado River water supplies and places paramount importance on the health and sustainability of the river. Since 2000, the Colorado River basin has endured the worst drought in centuries, yet Colorado River water users in California, Nevada and Arizona have not had to reduce the volume of water they receive from the river.

February 9, 2014--Arizona's dry winter stokes water fears (Arizona Republic)

Federal snow-monitoring stations in Arizona’s high country recorded not a single flake in January, a striking rarity even in this drought-stricken region. The lack of moisture threatens to stoke a monster wildfire season and ratchet up tensions among states already wary of a declining Colorado River.

February 8, 2014--California, Texas, and the Southwestern U.S. face a critical year for water supplies (Circle of Blue)

Like a human pulse, reservoirs are the most obvious indicator of a water-supply system’s health. At the beginning of 2014, three major U.S. regions are suffering, and the consequences touch all limbs of the body politic. A topic attracting fervent debate in a normal year, water will crown the list of public policy concerns in the Western United States in 2014.

February 3, 2014--The unprecedented water crisis of the American Southwest (The Week)

Why is the Colorado so important? It's the lifeline of the arid Southwest. Starting off in the snowy Rocky Mountains of northern Colorado, the 1,450-mile river snakes its way through the Grand Canyon and southwest toward Mexico, supplying water to seven states — California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Wyoming.

January 28, 2014--Lake Mead nearing critical level (Mohave Daily News)

Lake Mead is getting dangerously close to reaching the 1,075-foot level, which would trigger a water shortage declaration, said Mark Clark, Bullhead City council member and manager of the Mohave Valley Irrigation and Drainage District. “It’s almost a certainty that a shortage will be declared in 2016 at this point,” Clark said.

January 27, 2014--Western residents face threat of water rationing as feds reduce water flow (Fox News)

For years, experts have been warning people in the American West they will have to make do with less water in the future. That dryer future already may have arrived. This year, for the first time in history, lower flows in the Colorado River have prompted the federal government to reduce the amount of water flowing into Lake Mead reservoir outside Las Vegas.

January 25, 2014--Colorado River flows cut sharply across southwest due to drought (East County Magazine)

For the first time ever, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has ordered that supplies of water from the Colorado River and Glen Canyon Dam be slashed.

January 24, 2014--Drought provides window to old west (Wall Street Journal)

A severe drought plaguing much of the West is also bringing bits of its past back to life, as long-submerged historic artifacts and natural features are exposed by receding lake levels. Near Sacramento, man-made Folsom Lake has receded to less than one-fifth of its capacity amid bone-dry conditions in California, recently revealing outskirts of a ghost town

January 24, 2014--What happens in the Colorado basin affects the west (KUNC)

2014 is shaping up to be an “average” year for the Colorado River watershed, which provides water to 7 western states. That’s not good news, however, for states like California and Nevada which are already experiencing drought conditions.

January 19, 2014--Arizona is overdue to discuss its No. 1 problem: water (Arizona Daily Star)

Here’s why water must be Arizona’s top public-policy debate: Back in 1980, the Legislature finally responded to the rapid drop in groundwater levels caused by population growth and farming. It set a goal for the Phoenix, Tucson and Prescott areas to balance our groundwater withdrawals with natural and artificial recharge by 2025.

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