Saturday, September 20th, 2014

Colorado River At Its Driest

After back to back driest years in a century on the Colorado River, federal water managers are giving Arizona and Nevada a 50-50 chance of having their water deliveries cut in 2016. A U.S. Bureau of Reclamation operations plan being made public today, Friday 16, will slow the flow of water from the Lake Powell reservoir upstream of the Grand Canyon to the huge Lake Mead reservoir that provides Las Vegas, Nevada drinking water.  But a bureau official says Lake Mead will not reach a low point next year that would trigger cuts to Sin City's main drinking water supply. The bureau says cities, states, farmers and Indian tribes downstream will get their full water deliveries next year – and probably in 2015.
 
Seven U.S. states – including Arizona and California – several tribes and Mexico share water from the river.

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