Lake Powell

February 7, 2015--Climate change will increase evaporation of Colorado River (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

The Colorado River faces a dual threat from climate change as rising temperatures increase the demand for irrigation water and accelerate evaporation at the river’s two largest reservoirs. So says a new report from the U.S.


December 19, 2014--Agriculture a major priority in water talks (Grand Junction Sentinel)

Protecting Western Slope agriculture appears to be one area of agreement as the region looks for ways of speaking with one voice on Colorado water issues. That was one takeaway from what was effectively a Western Slope water summit held Thursday in Grand Junction with the goal of presenting some consolidated messages on the state’s newly drafted water plan.


December 17, 2014--States in parched Southwest take steps to bolster a crucial reservoir (New York Times)

With a 14-year drought in the Colorado River basin showing few signs of breaking, states along the river’s path are taking new steps this month to ensure that Lake Mead — the Colorado River reservoir that is the water source for much of the Southwest — does not fail them. Of


December 10, 2014--Lake Powell’s low water level plays into water supply (Cortez Journal)

Colorado water managers are keeping a close eye on the historically low reservoir levels at Lake Powell. Under the Colorado River Compact, the major river is divided between upper basin states and lower basin states.


December 9, 2014--Southwest Basin Water Roundtable holds meetings to discuss plan (Cortez Journal)

Colorado has a difficult water problem. Eighty percent of its water is on the Western Slope, but 80 percent of its population is on the Front Range. Adding to the problem are estimates that Colorado’s population will increase from 5 million to 10 million by 2050, the majority of which will live on the Front Range.


November 23, 2014--Record drought reveals stunning changes along Colorado River (National Geographic)

In early September, at the abandoned Piute Farms marina on a remote edge of southern Utah's Navajo reservation, we watched a ten-foot (three-meter) waterfall plunging off what used to be the end of the San Juan River. Until 1990, this point marked the smooth confluence of the river with Lake Powell, one of the largest reservoirs in the U.S.


October 2, 2014--Good intentions gone awry on the Colorado River (Mountain Town News)

For Brad Udall, family history and public policy in the Colorado River mingle. His father was Morris K. Udall, a congressman from Arizona who pushed hard for the Central Arizona Project, which was approved by Congress in 1968. His uncle Stewart Udall, a former Arizona congressman, was secretary of Interior when CAP was approved.


September 28, 2014--Concern mounts about Colorado River water supply (Durango Herald)

The water in Navajo Reservoir could play a role in meeting Colorado River Compact obligations in the event of continued drought, Bruce Whitehead, director of the Southwestern Water Conservation District said Friday.


September 23, 2014--Water conservation districts plan for the worst (KVNF)

With monsoon season passing us, it might be easy to forget that Colorado and the entire Colorado River are in the middle of a long drought--14 years long. With seemingly no end in sight, two water conservation districts, the Colorado River and Southwestern Water Conservation District, teamed up to come up with a plan in case things don’t get better.  Jim Pokrandt is with the Col


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