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While drought conditions have eased across parts of the U.S. in recent months, conditions have worsened in the far West, and particularly in California, where water shortages will have consequences spreading far beyond the state’s borders.
January 31, 2014--California water officials cut delivery as state drought deepens (Bloomberg Businessweek)
Officials in drought-stricken California said that for the first time in the state’s history, they won’t be able to provide any water to contractors that supply two-thirds of the population and a million acres of farmland.
Even with the first significant storm in nearly two months dropping snow on the Sierra Nevada, Thursday's mountain snowpack measurements were the lowest for the date in more than a half-century of record keeping.
California wildlife officials have banned fishing in several rivers to protect salmon and steelhead trout during a severe drought that follows the state's driest year on record. Fish populations are in danger as low levels in many of the Golden State's waters could prevent them from migrating and spawning, according to a statement from the state's Department of Fish and Wildlife.
The scope of the natural disasters has been devastating. In 2012, during one of the heights of a dry spell that has ravaged the state since 2002, the High Park Fire scorched more than 87,000 acres of foothills near Fort Collins, the state's fourth-largest city. The 18,200-acre Waldo Canyon Fire soon followed, turning Colorado Springs, the state's second-largest city, into a disaster zone.
California officials say 17 rural communities in the drought-stricken state are in danger of running out of water within 60 to 120 days. The San Jose Mercury News reported Tuesday that the threatened water systems serve from 39 to 11,000 residents.
Lake Mead is getting dangerously close to reaching the 1,075-foot level, which would trigger a water shortage declaration, said Mark Clark, Bullhead City council member and manager of the Mohave Valley Irrigation and Drainage District. “It’s almost a certainty that a shortage will be declared in 2016 at this point,” Clark said.
January 27, 2014--Western residents face threat of water rationing as feds reduce water flow (Fox News)
For years, experts have been warning people in the American West they will have to make do with less water in the future. That dryer future already may have arrived. This year, for the first time in history, lower flows in the Colorado River have prompted the federal government to reduce the amount of water flowing into Lake Mead reservoir outside Las Vegas.
January 25, 2014--Colorado River flows cut sharply across southwest due to drought (East County Magazine)
For the first time ever, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has ordered that supplies of water from the Colorado River and Glen Canyon Dam be slashed.
Federal water leaders Friday painted a dire picture for California's water managers -- key reservoirs down to 58% of average and Sierra watersheds with less than 15% of expected rain and snow at this point. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation made a presentation at the annual regional water-users gathering in Reno.