Colorado River

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October 22, 2014--Reducing water scarcity (McGill University)

Water scarcity is not a problem just for the developing world. In California, legislators are currently proposing a $7.5 billion emergency water plan to their voters; and U.S. federal officials last year warned residents of Arizona and Nevada that they could face cuts in Colorado River water deliveries in 2016.


October 21, 2014--Upper Colorado River Basin precipitation report (Colorado Climate Center)

According to the Colorado Climate Center's most recent report, the majority of the Upper Colorado River Basin  had a well above average September for precipitation. The headwaters of the Green River saw widespread areas of above 300% of average precip for the month.


October 21, 2014--Phoenix officials launch effort against drought (Washington Times)

Phoenix officials are launching a new initiative to protect the city's water supplies against drought.


October 16, 2014--Coalition launched to protect Colorado Headwaters (Pagosa Daily Post)

A coalition of groups from across the West today announced the formation of a new coalition to inform and engage communities in California, Nevada, Arizona, and other western states about threats posed to the Colorado River and their water supply.


October 12, 2014--U.S. Bureau of Reclamation - Basin municipalities and federal government take action to protect the Colorado River (YNN)

 Faced with the increasing probability of shortage on the Colorado River, municipal water providers in Arizona, California, Nevada and Colorado, and the Bureau of Reclamation are implementing a landmark Colorado River System Conservation program. Reclamation is soliciting water conservation project proposals from Colorado River entitlement holders in Arizona, California, and Nevada.


October 12, 2014--Drought making Calif. more like Arizona (Arizona Central)

For many years, California has stared at the prospect of long-running drought and effectively sniffed with contempt. In the minds of many urban Californians, drought may be a burden and an annoyance, but hardly a threat to the coastal lifestyle. Yes, the consequences of long-term drought, like urban brushfires and a decimated Central Valley farm industry, may be a concern.


October 8, 2014--Colorado River water-conservation effort to begin (Las Vegas Sun)

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation on Wednesday began soliciting project proposals for water conservation from Colorado River entitlement holders in Arizona, California and Nevada. Water users in the river's Upper Basin will be invited to participate in the agreement at a later date.


October 2, 2014--Good intentions gone awry on the Colorado River (Mountain Town News)

For Brad Udall, family history and public policy in the Colorado River mingle. His father was Morris K. Udall, a congressman from Arizona who pushed hard for the Central Arizona Project, which was approved by Congress in 1968. His uncle Stewart Udall, a former Arizona congressman, was secretary of Interior when CAP was approved.


October 1, 2014--$215M project to fight drought problems (Colorado County Citizens)

The Lower Colorado River Authority board of directors approved the construction of the first major reservoir on the Colorado River since the 1940s, on Sept. 17. LCRA directors unanimously approved a 40,000 acre-foot off-channel reservoir near Lane City in Wharton County.


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