Archive - Jan 2014


January 28th

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 27, 2014--Water finally flows in subdivision in south-central area (Durango Herald)

It was a long time coming, but potable in-house running water has become reality in a south-central La Plata County neighborhood. The La Plata Archuleta Water District, officially formed in August 2008, and on Thursday it marked the first delivery of water at the home of Lucas and Brittney Avery in the Silver Hills subdivision off County Road 510. The recognition was symbolic.

January 26th

January 26, 2014--High desert turf wars (Durango Herald)

Probably no other plant can inspire more passion here in the West than the humble blade of grass. For many homeowners, a patch of lawn is a private sanctuary, a place to go barefoot and let the kids run. And to people like Steve Harris, a Durango water engineer, every new blade of grass represents a drop of water that once was used to water crops.

January 25, 2014--Early trends point to El Nino cycle (Montrose Daily Press)

Although it’s early to think about weather patterns toward the end of the year, models and trends show that Colorado could be headed for a southernly winter storm system. “We are still neutral in the cycle. The models are hinting at going toward an El Nino cycle next fall,” the National Weather Service’s Aldis Strautins said.

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 25, 2014--Farm water leaders ready for bad news next month (Fresno Bee)

Federal water leaders Friday painted a dire picture for California's water managers -- key reservoirs down to 58% of average and Sierra watersheds with less than 15% of expected rain and snow at this point. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation made a presentation at the annual regional water-users gathering in Reno.

January 25, 2014--Group threatens to sue Colorado over river flows (Associated Press)

A Western environmental group is threatening to sue Colorado, saying its management and allocation of water in the San Luis Valley is putting New Mexico's stretch of the Rio Grande at risk. WildEarth Guardians delivered its notice of intent to sue this week.

January 24th

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