Latest Colorado River News

Explainer: What does the latest Colorado River proposal mean for California, Arizona, Nevada?

May. 23, 2023 18:01 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Facing the future with a dwindling Colorado River supply and intense pressure from the federal government, Arizona, California and Nevada have offered a plan to cut their water use significantly. The proposal announced Monday isn't final. It calls for cities,...

Breakthrough proposal would aid drought-stricken Colorado River as 3 Western states offer cuts

May. 22, 2023 20:24 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Arizona, Nevada and California said Monday they’re willing to cut back on their use of the dwindling Colorado River in exchange for money from the federal government -- and to avoid forced cuts as drought threatens the key water supply for the U.S. West. The $1.2...

Book Review: In 'Brave the Wild River,' the true story of 2 scientists who explored the Grand Canyon

May. 22, 2023 15:28 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — “Brave the Wild River: The Untold Story of Two Women Who Mapped the Botany of the Grand Canyon” by Melissa L. Sevigny (W. W. Norton & Company) Long before climate change threatened the very existence of the Colorado River, two women botanists set off with a...

Arizona, California, Nevada propose deal to reduce their use of drought-stricken Colorado River, avoid forced cuts

May. 22, 2023 11:11 AM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Arizona, California, Nevada propose deal to reduce their use of drought-stricken Colorado River, avoid forced cuts.

Half of US West out of drought, but not fully recovered

May. 09, 2023 19:09 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Nearly half of the U.S. West has emerged from drought this spring, but the welcome wet conditions haven't entirely replenished the region, scientists said Tuesday. Hydrologists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said deep snowpack across much of...

Cloud seeding catching on amid Rocky Mountain drought

Apr. 19, 2023 08:02 AM EDT

LYONS, Colo. (AP) — Garrett Cammans and his brothers sometimes don't talk about their toughest moments on the job in the cloud seeding business, like the time when one of them got stuck in deep mountain snow and had to hike out alone in the dark. “They're going out into some...

What might cuts to dwindling Colorado River mean for states?

Apr. 14, 2023 14:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration floated two ideas this week to reduce water usage from the dwindling Colorado River, which supplies 40 million people. The 1,450-mile (2,334-kilometer) river is a lifeline for seven U.S. states, dozens of Native American tribes, and two...

US floats options to reduce water pulled from Colorado River

Apr. 11, 2023 20:09 PM EDT

BOULDER CITY, Nev. (AP) — The Biden administration released an environmental analysis Tuesday that outlined two ways that seven Western states and tribes reliant on the overtapped Colorado River could cut their use, but declined to publicly take a side on the best option. One...

Tribe, US officials reach deal to save Colorado River water

Apr. 06, 2023 21:26 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A Native American tribe in Arizona reached a deal Thursday with the U.S. government not to use some of its Colorado River water rights in return for $150 million and funding for a pipeline project. The $233 million pact with the Gila River Indian Community,...

Supreme Court seems split in Navajo Nation water rights case

Mar. 20, 2023 18:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court seemed split Monday as it weighed a dispute involving the federal government and the Navajo Nation’s quest for water from the drought-stricken Colorado River. States that draw water from the river — Arizona, Nevada and Colorado — and water...