Colorado River Shortages Deferred to at Least 2015

While above average snowpack in parts of the West has given states in the Colorado River basin some relief from drought, water officials caution there's still work to do to keep water running in the future. Before this year, there was a “serious possibility” that a water shortage would be declared next year for the lower basin states of California, Arizona and Nevada, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Mike Connor said. That has been deferred until at least 2015, he said. Nevertheless Lake Mead and Lake Powell, which together can store up to 50 million acre-feet of water, are still not full, and there's no guarantee reservoirs will be full by the next drought.