Lake Mead

March 30, 2014--Despite good snowpack in Rockies, Lake Mead level still expected to drop (Las Vegas Sun)

Lake Mead is drying up. At the rate we use water in the valley, the reservoir — the largest in the country — could be drained and arid by 2050. Thirty years ago, a seemingly endless supply of water rushed down the Colorado River, into Lake Mead and out of our faucets. Today, 14 years into a drought that has left the valley parched, our reservoirs are less than half full. Why?


March 30, 2014--Too early to tell if above average snowpack will help Colorado River (Havasu News)

It snowed hard all winter in the Rocky Mountains, and come spring that’s always been a sign that once that huge snowpack melts, the Colorado River will tumble mightily with a greater bounty of water to keep the Southwest viable. The overall snowpack is now at 115 percent of average for this time of the year in the Rockies.


March 14, 2014--A water revolution for the thirsty West (Wall Street Journal)

California has been suffering from a crippling drought, but it is hardly alone in its water struggle. Since 2010, rainfall in Texas has declined so markedly that several dozen communities are in danger of running out of water.


March 2, 2014--California will tap its water bank, even as Mead shrinks (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

Punishing drought in California could force that state to make a sizable withdrawal from a virtual water bank in Lake Mead this year, even as the reservoir shrinks closer to an all-time low and an unprecedented shortage declaration.


February 21, 2014--Ex-Vegas water chief Pat Mulroy urges 'mind shift' on Colorado River (Desert Sun)

Pat Mulroy, who recently retired after more than two decades as Las Vegas’ influential water chief, is calling for people and water managers across the West to shift their thinking about the Colorado River and focus on shared stewardship of its declining flows.


February 17, 2014--Water shortages: What to expect in the future (Arizona Republic)

Central Arizona Project is the primary steward of Arizona’s Colorado River water supplies and places paramount importance on the health and sustainability of the river. Since 2000, the Colorado River basin has endured the worst drought in centuries, yet Colorado River water users in California, Nevada and Arizona have not had to reduce the volume of water they receive from the river.


February 17, 2014--Old facilities, older rivers, and Arizona water (Modern Times Magazine)

In the high deserts of Arizona and throughout the Southwestern United States, access to water resources seems far closer to mind at a policy level than any wetter or non-landlocked states. The Colorado River Basin Water Supply and Demand Study released by the U.S.


February 9, 2014--Arizona's dry winter stokes water fears (Arizona Republic)

Federal snow-monitoring stations in Arizona’s high country recorded not a single flake in January, a striking rarity even in this drought-stricken region. The lack of moisture threatens to stoke a monster wildfire season and ratchet up tensions among states already wary of a declining Colorado River.


February 8, 2014--California, Texas, and the Southwestern U.S. face a critical year for water supplies (Circle of Blue)

Like a human pulse, reservoirs are the most obvious indicator of a water-supply system’s health. At the beginning of 2014, three major U.S. regions are suffering, and the consequences touch all limbs of the body politic. A topic attracting fervent debate in a normal year, water will crown the list of public policy concerns in the Western United States in 2014.


February 3, 2014--The unprecedented water crisis of the American Southwest (The Week)

Why is the Colorado so important? It's the lifeline of the arid Southwest. Starting off in the snowy Rocky Mountains of northern Colorado, the 1,450-mile river snakes its way through the Grand Canyon and southwest toward Mexico, supplying water to seven states — California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Wyoming.


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