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Snow, runoff and the Colorado River Basin

It was a good snow year in the headwaters of the Colorado River. So why has the runoff been so-so? Continue reading

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The causes of Lake Mead’s expanding bathtub ring

Drought has been blamed for declining water levels in Lake Mead and other Colorado River reservoirs, but Brad Udall also points to increased evaporation and transpiration resulting from rising temperatures. Continue reading

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Lake Powell tied at the turbines to ski lifts

Upcoming studies seek to get a firmer grip on how much water can be developed in the Colorado River headwaters without imperiling production of electricity at Glen Canyon Dam.
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Letting water flow down the Yampa to Lake Powell

irrigation at Colorado’s Carpenter Ranch along the Yampa River was suspended this year July 1, part of a pilot program in the Colorado River Basin intended to create greater flexibility in water in anticipation of drought. Continue reading

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Good intentions gone awry on the Colorado River

With Lake Mead rapidly drawing to a time when it can no longer provide the water committed to California, Arizona and Nevada, Brad Udall examines the thinking of politicians and policymakers in authorizing the Central Arizona Project in 1968. Continue reading

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Enough water for Glen Canyon Dam?

It’s a slim possibility,but with potentially huge consequences: What if Lake Powell next summer has too little water to generate electricity at Glen Canyon Dam? Continue reading

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