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First Nations Want A Say In How Dwindling Colorado River Is Used

Via Circle of Blue, a look at the role the First Nations are seeking in discussions related to the Colorado River: Lorenzo Pena pulls off the highway and into a drive-through water distribution center on the Southern Ute Indian Tribe reservation in southwest Colorado. He parks his truck and connects the empty tank it’s hauling […]

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The West’s Race To Secure Water

Via Bloomberg, a report on how four cities in the U.S. are trying to survive future droughts, from expanding reservoirs and tapping neighboring watersheds to pushing conservation efforts: How much water flows into Southwestern U.S. cities next year will depend on the coming snowfall and the resulting snowpack accumulation. So far, it’s not looking good. High mountain […]

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Upper Basin States Using More Colorado River Water Than Legally Acceptable

Via The Spectrum, a look at continued stress on the Colorado River: A new report on the declining Colorado River claims that three states in the river’s Upper Basin, including Utah, are already using more water from the river than is their legal right, and points specifically to the Lake Powell Pipeline project as “a good example of a bad idea […]

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A Market Solution To The Colorado River Crisis

Courtesy of The Wall Street Journal, an article on Walmart heirs efforts to promote their view that water markets are the best way to deal with a dwindling supply of Colorado River water: The first-ever official shortage on the Colorado River has intensified a debate over how to provide water for 40 million people across the Southwest and […]

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Depleted by Drought, Lakes Powell and Mead Were Doomed From The Beginning

Via The Washington Post, a report on the history of the Colorado River Basin system, how it was designed and the impacts of climate change shed light on why it was destined to fail: For the first time, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation issued a water shortage for Lake Mead starting in 2022. Located between southern Nevada and […]

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The Colorado River: Hung Out to Dry?

Via Slate, commentary on the crisis affecting the Colorado River: On Aug. 16, the Bureau of Reclamation, a federal agency that is part of the Interior Department, held a press conference announcing that for the first time in the 99 years of governmental record-keeping, it was declaring a water shortage on the Colorado River. Starting […]

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