U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

January 21, 2015--Officials say future looks dry for Navajo Lake (Daily Times)

Navajo Lake is currently 12 feet deeper than it was at this time last year, according to the Bureau of Reclamation. But that's where the good news ends. The snowpack and soil moisture is less than it was last year, which means less inflow into the lake, a reservoir that stretches across the state line from southern Colorado to northern New Mexico.


Colorado River Water Conservation Programs

In October the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (USBOR) began soliciting project proposals in the Lower Basin states for water conservation from Colorado River entitlement holders in Arizona, California, and Nevada. Demand management and conservation measures are also being discussed for water users in the river's Upper Basin as a part of a Contingency Planning process to address future shortages. The Central Arizona Project, Denver Water, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, Southern Nevada Water Authority, and the USBOR are providing up to $11 million to pay for new Colorado River “System Conservation Agreements” as pilot projects.


December 13, 2014--Arizona farmers take hit to stave off water crisis (Arizona Central)

All it takes is 10 feet of water to go from caution to crisis on the Colorado River. That's why Arizona farmers like Dan Thelander support a new agreement that will help conserve the amount of water in Lake Mead even though it could mean short-term sacrifices for them.


December 9, 2014--Reclamation announces Animas-La Plata Project contract negotiations with Southern Ute Indian Tribe (USBOR)

Reclamation's Western Colorado Area Office announced today that it will initiate negotiations with the Southern Ute Indian Tribe on a proposed contract for the Tribe’s statutory water allocation of the Animas-La Plata Project.


November 9, 2014--Glen Canyon release will send Colorado River surging (Arizona Daily Sun)

The lower Colorado River will swell to an unseasonably high level this coming week as part of an annual “high flow experiment” that federal river managers say improves the ecosystem and recreational opportunities downstream of Glen Canyon Dam.


October 21, 2014--On this day in 1940, the Mancos Project in Colorado approved (U.S. Bureau of Reclamation)

Settlement and irrigation of the Mancos Valley began about 1876. The natural flow of the Mancos River during the months of July, August, and September was very low, and the irrigation water supply for those months was inadequate. By 1893, when a state adjudication of water was made, late summer demands for irrigation water far exceeded the 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 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.


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