Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017

West and South

Colorado River: Nevada's deal makes a splash in Mexico as U.S. managers predict no chance of shortage

A fisherman at Lake Mead National Recreation Area on Aug. 15, 2017. (Chase Stevens/Las Vegas Review-Journal)

Review-Journal

Las Vegas Review-Journal & Arizona Public Media

Securing water from the Colorado River reaches all corners of life in the West and even dips south of the border as the Southern Nevada Water Authority plans to spend up to $7.5 million in Mexico over the next 10 years in exchange for more Colorado River water. Meanwhile, heavy snow and conservation efforts have led water managers with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to say there is “zero” chance of a shortage being declared on the Colorado River next year.

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Feds on Lake Powell pipeline funding: Prove it

Salt Lake Tribune

Utah officials and other proponents of the Lake Powell pipeline may have just two months to convince federal regulators that their project is backed by a robust plan to pay off more than $1 billion in costs. Whether or not Utahns can actually afford to build the pipeline has been a central issue in a long-running debate over the proposed project.

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Climate serves as key concern at Tahoe Summit

Tahoe Daily Tribune

The 21st annual Lake Tahoe Summit brought together federal, California and Nevada elected officials to discuss the importance of continued partnership in the basin-wide fight against tree mortality, invasive species, declining lake clarity — and the global issue of climate change. Tuesday's event took place a month after the release of UC Davis' annual State of the Lake Report, which showed Lake Tahoe is warming at 14 times the historic average.

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