As Colorado River Basin reservoirs drop to near-record low levels, possibility of unprecedented water shortage declaration rises

As Colorado River Basin reservoirs drop to near-record low levels, possibility of unprecedented water shortage declaration rises

News Type: Regional, Federal Source: The Denver Post
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The Colorado River is so strained amid population growth and a climate shift to hotter, drier conditions that federal water managers may declare an unprecedented “shortage” and cut releases from reservoirs.

The feds are imploring Western states to do more now to cut water use.

A U.S. Bureau of Reclamation forecast issued Wednesday for water in the Colorado River — an over-subscribed lifeline for 40 million people — anticipates declaration of a shortage in September 2019 that would trigger the reduced water releases from federal reservoirs in “lower basin” states including Nevada and Arizona.