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MWD vote moves Colorado River drought plan forward

Published: 
Wed, 03/13/2019 - 8:17pm

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California on Tuesday sealed California’s participation in a landmark Colorado River drought management plan, agreeing to shoulder more of the state’s future delivery cuts to prevent Lake Mead from falling to dangerously low levels.

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As states near deal on Colorado River shortage, California looks at water cuts of as much as 8%

Published: 
Fri, 10/12/2018 - 5:35pm

After years of stop-and-go talks, California and two other states that take water from the lower Colorado River are nearing an agreement on how to share delivery cuts if a formal shortage is declared on the drought-plagued waterway.

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Preparing for a drier future along the Colorado River

Published: 
Fri, 12/22/2017 (All day)

After a 17-year run of mostly dry years, the Colorado River’s flow has decreased significantly below the 20th century average.

Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in the country, now stands just 39 percent full. The level of the reservoir behind Hoover Dam has been hovering a bit above historic lows during the past year, helped by a bigger snowpack last winter and strides in water conservation.

But with scenarios of the reservoir falling to critical lows looking very possible in the coming years, managers of water agencies in California, Arizona and Nevada have signaled their interest in finalizing a deal under which they would take less water from Lake Mead in an attempt to head off severe shortages.

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Rising temperatures sucking water out of the Colorado River

Published: 
Tue, 10/31/2017 (All day)

Rising temperatures are undermining the source of one third of Southern California’s drinking water: the Colorado River.

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Picturing the Drought

Published: 
Mon, 07/13/2015 (All day)

Documenting the water crisis in the West, a photographer confronts distress, beauty and man’s complicity.