Friday, Jan. 27, 2017

It's a 'coin flip'

Early forecast indicates Lake Mead may face shortage

Jet skiers cruise June 2015 on Lake Mead. A high-water mark is visible on the shoreline, indicating a 150-foot drop in the lake's water level. MARK HENLE

Arizona Republic

Las Vegas Review-Journal

Snow is piling up in the Rockies and Sierra Nevada, but this year’s first official water forecast for the Colorado River still predicts Lake Mead will shrink enough to trigger a federal shortage declaration in 2018. Forecasters expect the lake’s surface to drop by about 9 feet by the end of 2017, which would put it inches below the all-important shortage line of 1,075 feet above sea level. That would force Nevada and Arizona to cut their use of Colorado River water.

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Hickenlooper addresses Colorado Water Congress

Aspen Journalism

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper told a luncheon crowd at the annual Colorado Water Congress meeting that finding money for water projects is one of his top priorities this year. He also talked about the idea of creating “a hub for water data” in Colorado so that people get more information about how water is used. And he said he wanted the state to be a leader in innovative water management.

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Utah officials: Bear River project can be delayed

Deseret News

Utah water officials say they no longer believe the Bear River Development Project needs to be in place by 2040, thanks to a better water conservation ethic by Utahns, advances in technology and a population that isn't increasing quite as fast as originally projected. An independent analysis of water-use data and regional conservation efforts will begin in the next few months.

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