Colorado River

water cutbacks, Arizona
May 25, 2023

Arizona gets hit hardest in Colorado River plan

More than half of the 3 million acre-feet in water cuts announced as part of a multi-state conservation deal will come from Arizona, state officials said on May 25.

water deal, Arizona, drought, Colorado River
May 22, 2023

Arizona, California, Nevada reach agreement on Colorado River water conservation 

Arizona, California and Nevada reached an agreement to cut their use of Colorado River water in exchange for massive federal payments. 

farmers, Colorado River, Yuma, drought, cauliflower
May 19, 2023

How one Yuma farmer sees Arizona’s water future

The agricultural industry in Arizona is reliant on water flowing from the Colorado River. And as the Biden administration and federal agencies rush to remedy a looming water crisis in the Southwest, farmers in the state are concerned that directives from authorities could have an outsized effect on an integral part of the economy. 

snow melt, Colorado, Colorado River, drought
May 15, 2023

Where did the snow go? Researchers probe gap between snowfall, runoff

The Colorado River watershed stretches from Wyoming to Mexico, supplying cities like Phoenix and Los Angeles and sprawling fields that contribute to a multibillion-dollar farm economy. After two decades of drought and steady demand, accurate data on the amount of water entering the region’s dwindling supply is crucial for those who manage it.

water, groundwater, Kerr, Senate bill
May 14, 2023

It’s time to have honest debate about water

SB1660 is a much needed first step in confronting our water crisis.

Grand Canyon, Glen Canyon Dam, drought, snowmelt
Apr 28, 2023

Wet winter allows for rare ‘high-flow’ Lake Powell release to help river

An extra pulse of water was sent through the Grand Canyon this week, part of a Bureau of Reclamation “high-flow experiment” designed to move and redeposit sand and sediment from the Glen Canyon Dam in northern Arizona.

water, drought, city of Phoenix, water rates, Colorado River
Apr 28, 2023

Phoenix residents could see water bill increases coming soon

Phoenix residents could see an increase in their water bills soon. Although the Valley has seen more rain than normal this winter, with almost an inch more than the average in March, it wasn’t enough to combat the ongoing drought in Arizona.

water, Bureau of Reclamation, drought, Arizona, California, Colorado River
Apr 21, 2023

Feds apply pressure for water deal

The federal government is prodding Colorado River basin states, particularly Arizona and California, to come to a deal for shared cuts in water use.

Colorado River, drought, water cutbacks, Arizona, tribes, farmers
Apr 14, 2023

What might cuts to dwindling Colorado River mean for states?

The Biden administration floated two ideas this week to reduce water usage from the dwindling Colorado River, which supplies 40 million people.

Colorado River, drought, Bureau of Reclamation, water cuts, Arizona, Colorado,
Apr 13, 2023

As states continue to bicker, feds say Colorado River cuts are coming

Cuts to water use along the Colorado River could be spread evenly across some Southwestern states or follow the more than century-old priority system that currently governs water management.

Colorado River, drought, Biden administration, Arizona, California
Apr 11, 2023

In Colorado River talks, still no agreement about water cuts

The Biden administration released an environmental analysis Tuesday of competing plans for how seven Western states and tribes reliant on the dwindling water supply from the Colorado River should cut their use but declined to publicly take a side on the best option.

Gila River Indian Community, Sinema, Stephen Roe Lewis, water rights, agreement
Apr 7, 2023

Feds to pay $233 million for Gila River water conservation, infrastructure

The federal government will pay the Gila River Indian Community to leave some of its share of Colorado River water in Lake Mead, as well as funding infrastructure projects to increase wastewater reuse in irrigation.