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More Colorado River Stories
Colorado River watershed forecast looks very dry for start of 2021
The Colorado River’s largest reservoirs are likely to drop next year if demands stay the same.
2020 delivers setbacks for some long-planned Western water projects
Long-planned projects have run into roadblocks.
Climate change likely to keep hammering Colorado River's biggest reservoirs, model shows
Projections show an increasing likelihood of official shortage declaration before 2026.
Humpback chub 'alien abductions' help frame the future of the Colorado River
While not considered very "charismatic," this keystone fish plays an important role in water policy.
Arizona housing growth tees up opportunity for water investors
As Central Arizona booms, Phoenix exurbs are looking to rural areas for more water.
Western Colorado water purchases stir up worries about the future of farming
An investment trend based on the potential value of water has rekindled fears about the future of water in the West.
As Western coal plants close, what happens to their water?
Closures looming, communities are starting to discuss how this newly freed up water should be put to use.
Planning for a future with less Colorado River water
A new book sheds light on mistakes of the past while Arizona gears up for the next round of negotiations.
Colorado River water forecast lower than normal despite snowpack
The forecast is mostly due to hot and dry weather in the fall that left soils parched across the region.
Feds say tiny snail in Utah, Arizona can no longer be listed as endangered
U.S. Fish and Wildlife says the Kanab ambersnail is not actually its own species.
Interior secretary announces study impacting Colorado River water talks
States are set to begin negotiations next year over a new set of agreements about the river's future.
Climate change still threatens Colorado River after wet winter
Despite recent wet conditions, states still face a future with increasingly less water for farms and cities.
Utah presses forward with pipeline plans despite Colorado River Basin constraints
The pipeline would be like dipping a 140-mile straw into Lake Powell halfway across the state.
Snowmelt fills rivers in US Southwest, easing drought fears
An abundance of snowmelt is rushing into the Colorado River, the Rio Grande and other waterways after a desperately dry 2018.
Dams could protect ranchers from climate change's drought, but could they also contribute to it?
Wyoming is moving forward on building or expanding several reservoirs on the Green River, a main branch of the Colorado River.
On stressed Colorado River, states test how many more diversions watershed can bear
The river is running short on water, and this is pushing some states to tap into every available drop before things get worse.
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