Latest Colorado River News

Colorado River concessions say business up, water level down

Sep. 25, 2021 13:14 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — As Chad Taylor looked toward the Callville Bay Marina Lounge from a houseboat on Lake Mead, he reflected on a much different time. In the mid-1990s, the building was right at the water’s edge. Today, it’s nearly a quarter-mile (half-kilometer) from...

US projections on drought-hit Colorado River grow more dire

Sep. 22, 2021 23:28 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The U.S. government released projections Wednesday that indicate an even more troubling outlook for a river that serves 40 million people in the American West. The Bureau of Reclamation recently declared the first-ever shortage on the Colorado...

California water agencies resolve Colorado River dispute

Sep. 20, 2021 19:27 PM EDT

Two major California water agencies have settled a lawsuit that once threatened to derail a multi-state agreement to protect a river that serves millions of people in the U.S. West amid gripping drought. The Imperial Irrigation District, the largest single recipient of...

Henderson launches saturation patrols to reduce water waste

Sep. 15, 2021 11:20 AM EDT

HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) — You can call it a saturation effort: The city of Henderson and Las Vegas Valley Water District say they're joining forces for enforcement patrols to identify water wasters in suburban southern Nevada. On Wednesday and Thursday, Henderson...

Prized trout streams shrink as heat, drought grip US West

Sep. 06, 2021 11:50 AM EDT

SARATOGA, Wyo. (AP) — The North Platte River in southern Wyoming has been so low in places lately that a toddler could easily wade across and thick mats of olive-green algae grow in the lazy current. Just over two years ago, workers stacked sandbags to protect homes and...

Lithium fuels hopes for revival on California's largest lake

Aug. 31, 2021 00:30 AM EDT

CALIPATRIA, Calif. (AP) — Near Southern California’s dying Salton Sea, a canopy next to a geothermal power plant covers large containers of salty water left behind after super-hot liquid is drilled from deep underground to run steam turbines. The containers connect to tubes that spit out...

Lithium fuels hopes for revival on California's largest lake

Aug. 31, 2021 00:28 AM EDT

CALIPATRIA, Calif. (AP) — Near Southern California’s dying Salton Sea, a canopy next to a geothermal power plant covers large vats of salty water left behind after super-hot liquid is drilled from deep underground to run steam turbines. The vats connect to tubes that spit out what looks...

Lithium fuels hopes for revival on California's largest lake

Aug. 30, 2021 19:05 PM EDT

CALIPATRIA, Calif. (AP) — Near Southern California’s dying Salton Sea, a canopy next to a geothermal power plant covers large vats of salty water left behind after super-hot liquid is drilled from deep underground to run steam turbines. The vats connect to tubes that spit out what looks...

Lithium fuels hopes for revival on California's largest lake

Aug. 30, 2021 18:59 PM EDT

CALIPATRIA, Calif. (AP) — Near Southern California’s dying Salton Sea, a canopy next to a geothermal power plant covers large containers of salty water left behind after super-hot liquid is drilled from deep underground to run steam turbines. The containers connect to tubes that spit out...

Scientists launch effort to collect water data in US West

Aug. 26, 2021 13:58 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy on Tuesday announced a new kind of climate observatory near the headwaters of the Colorado River that will help scientists better predict rain and snowfall in the U.S. West and determine how much of it will flow through the region. ...