Drought

November 5, 2013--Kokanee return to spawn in Dolores River (Cortez Journal)

Thanks to increased flows on the Dolores River from summer monsoon rains, the kokanee salmon had enough water to make their spawning run this year. Last year, there was no run because the lake was so low, explained Jim White, a aquatic biologist with Colorado Parks and Wildlife.


November 4, 2013--Global warming and the Colorado River (KKCO)

Global warming and how it may change climates and affect the Colorado River has some in the valley concerned. On Monday, at Colorado Mesa University, a lecture was held focusing on the implications of global warming on the river. Eric Kuhn, general of the Colorado River Water Conservation, spoke to students and Grand Valley residents.


November 3, 2013--4th-driest year on record at Lake Powell (Summit Voice)

Even with some bonus inflow in September, the past water year Oct 1, 2012 – Sept. 30, 2013) ended up as the fourth-driest on record for the Colorado River Basin as measured at Lake Powell — the key reservoir on the river that helps balance supply and demand between the upper and lower basins.


November 1, 2013--A river in trouble, a question of who has to sacrifice (New York Times)

Like nearly every other river in Texas, the 600-mile Colorado River — which flows from West Texas to the gulf coast — is under serious threat. Drought and surging population growth have taken their toll on the water’s flow and its wildlife and, by extension, on the farmers and fishermen who rely on it.


October 31, 2013--Tipton urges more storage (Pueblo Chieftain)

More storage is needed to prevent flooding and provide certainty for Western agriculture during droughts, U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton said Tuesday. “Without the ability to store the water that falls on Colorado’s slopes, the West as we know it would not exist,” Tipton said during a House water and power subcommittee hearing.


October 27, 2013--West trends toward super drought (Post Independent)

Colorado’s southeast plains have turned into a swirling dust bowl. Nevada is relocating herds of wild horses and cattle off parched federal rangelands. The Wyoming Weather Modification Pilot Program is regularly seeding clouds to make rain.


October 24, 2013--Rethinking big water (Green Biz)

Las Vegas has long served as a stereotype of human excess: gambling, drinking, sex, all-you-can-eat buffets. But the latest chapter is playing out away from the strip, in the part of the valley where two decades of booming development have swelled the population to 2 million residents who rely on a dwindling water supply. Ninety percent of the southwestern U.S.


October 19, 2013--Colorado River faces most critical snow season in recent years (Los Vegas Review-Journal)

Pray for snow. That’s about all Southwestern water users can do as the drought-stricken Colorado River enters what figures to be its most important snow season in recent memory. After 14 years of record drought, it will take an unusually wet year — one like the basin sa


October 19, 2013--Planning ahead to stave off water shortage (Montrose Daily Press)

The state’s population is expected to double in the next few decades. But its water supply won’t, and in the coming years, the state could find itself up against a call on the 1922 Colorado River Compact for the first time in the compact’s history.


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