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Preparing for a drier future along the Colorado River

Published: 
Fri, 12/22/2017 (All day)

After a 17-year run of mostly dry years, the Colorado River’s flow has decreased significantly below the 20th century average.

Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in the country, now stands just 39 percent full. The level of the reservoir behind Hoover Dam has been hovering a bit above historic lows during the past year, helped by a bigger snowpack last winter and strides in water conservation.

But with scenarios of the reservoir falling to critical lows looking very possible in the coming years, managers of water agencies in California, Arizona and Nevada have signaled their interest in finalizing a deal under which they would take less water from Lake Mead in an attempt to head off severe shortages.

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Rising temperatures sucking water out of the Colorado River

Published: 
Tue, 10/31/2017 (All day)

Rising temperatures are undermining the source of one third of Southern California’s drinking water: the Colorado River.

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Picturing the Drought

Published: 
Mon, 07/13/2015 (All day)

Documenting the water crisis in the West, a photographer confronts distress, beauty and man’s complicity.

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Colorado River Drought Forces a Painful Reckoning for States

Published: 
Sat, 01/11/2014 - 9:02am
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Water

The sinuous Colorado River and its slew of man-made reservoirs from the Rockies to southern Arizona are being sapped by 14 years of drought nearly unrivaled in 1,250 years.