Upper Basin

snow, drought, Colorado River,
Mar 7, 2023

Snowy winter may not mean enough runoff to replenish the Colorado

Recent data shows a snowy start to 2023 for the Colorado River basin, with heavy winter precipitation in the Rocky Mountains projected to boost spring runoff into Lake Powell to 117% of an average year’s flows.

Colorado River, Lake Mead, California, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Lower Basin states, reservoirs, water shortage, drought
Jan 31, 2023

California is lone holdout in Colorado River cuts proposal

Six Western states that rely on water from the Colorado River have agreed on a model to dramatically cut water use in the basin, months after the federal government called for action and an initial deadline passed.

Feb 4, 2019

We must take care of the Colorado River for economic prosperity, life

The Colorado River is entrusted to us and is a vital source of water, life, and economic prosperity, but we must take care of it in return. Protecting the river and the water it provides will require us to develop resilient solutions that reduce water consumption and efficiently share the river’s waters.

Jan 31, 2019

Ducey signs ‘historic’ Colorado River drought plan legislation

The governor and lawmakers celebrated passage of the Drought Contingency Plan bills as a “historic” moment that showed the state could work together to head off drastic water shortfalls on the Colorado River.

Apr 18, 2018

Feud erupts between Central Arizona Project, US states over Colorado River

Tension over the drought-stressed Colorado River escalated into a public feud when four U.S. states accused Arizona's largest water provider of manipulating supply and demand, potentially threatening millions of people in the United States and Mexico who rely on the river.