U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

U.S. BOR Grant Opportunity: Water Conservation Field Services Program--January 11, 2016 Deadline!

The funding opportunity announcement (BOR-UC-16-F001) for the Water Conservation Field Services Program Grant is now available on grants.gov and will close January 11, 2016, 4:00 p.m.  Mountain Standard Time. 

October 12, 2015--The Colorado River’s desalination plant is on its last legs (High Country News)

The Paradox Valley in western Colorado got its name because the Dolores River bisects it, rather than running through it in the normal topographical fashion. The landscape is short on people, long on sagebrush and probably best known for the dramatic red cliffs that loom over travelers making the long drive from Telluride, Colorado, to Moab, Utah.

August 7, 2015--More water released into Animas River after wastewater spill (CBS News)

More water is being released into the Animas River in an attempt to flush out the one million gallons of wastewater from a San Juan County mine spilling into the water. The EPA also released a statement about what happened. The source of the wastewater is from the Gold King Mine near Silverton. It happened on Wednesday while U.S.

July 17, 2015--How the West overcounts its water supplies (New York Times)

Paul Matuska is the closest thing the American West has to a water cop, and his beat includes Needles, Calif., a beleaguered desert town midway between Flagstaff, Ariz., and Los Angeles. About 4,800 people live in Needles, on the western bank of the Colorado River where it cuts a swath in the mud between California and Arizona.

July 5, 2015--California drought sends U.S. water agency back to drawing board (New York Times)

Drew Lessard stood on top of Folsom Dam and gazed at the Sierra Nevada, which in late spring usually gushes enough melting snow into the reservoir to provide water for a million people. But the mountains were bare, and the snowpack to date remains the lowest on measured record. “If there’s no snowpack, there’s no water,” said Mr.

June 24, 2015--Lake Mead sinks to record low, risking water shortage (USA Today)

Lake Mead sunk to a record low Tuesday night, falling below the point that would trigger a water-supply shortage if the reservoir doesn't recover soon. Water managers expect the lake's level to rebound enough to ward off a 2016 shortage thanks to a wetter-than-expected spring. But in the long run, as a U.S.

June 2, 2015--River releases for endangered fish begin (North Denver News)

Coordinated releases from a series of Upper Colorado River Basin reservoirs began yesterday afternoon and are anticipated to carry on through early next week as part of the Coordinated Reservoirs Operations Program. Managers of the reservoirs completed a conference call yesterday, agreeing to voluntarily run the program this year.

May 22, 2015--‘Miracle May’ for Colorado 
water levels (Grand Junction Sentinel)

May showers are bringing a respite for Colorado River water managers worried about keeping enough water in Lake Powell to generate electricity. “This May has really been a miracle in Colorado,” said Eric Kuhn, general manager of the Colorado River Water Conservation District, Thursday at the Mesa County State of the Rivers discussion at the Avalon Theatre in Grand Junction.

May 16, 2015--Drought’s extremes tallied at record-low Lake Mead (New York Times)

Gail Kaiser has spent much of her life here on Lake Mead, with its crystal blue water pouring into canyons and splintering off like blood vessels into coves and bays, forming the vast reservoir that stretches into two states. She was just a child when, in 1957, her father took over the marina that has stayed in her family’s hands ever since.

April 24, 2015--Savage drought will drive Lake Mead to record low on Sunday (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

Sunday’s forecast for Lake Mead calls for breezy conditions, with a high in the low 80s and a water level as low as it has been in 78 years. The reservoir east of Las Vegas is expected to reach a new record low this weekend and continue downward another 7 feet through June, as the drought-stricken Colorado River withers from its 12th dry year since 2000.

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