Latest Colorado River News

More fields could go unplanted under New Mexico water plan

Jan. 25, 2022 19:04 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s top water adviser on Tuesday warned New Mexico lawmakers that snowpack runoff is expected to be grim this spring and that the arid state needs readily available tools so it can accommodate years with particularly slim supplies. ...

Native American tribe, New Mexico ink water leasing deal

Jan. 20, 2022 18:48 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Native American tribe has agreed to lease more of its water to help address dwindling supplies in the Colorado River Basin, officials announced Thursday. The agreement involves the Jicarilla Apache Nation, the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission and...

Scientists see silver lining in fed's efforts at Lake Powell

Jan. 15, 2022 08:02 AM EST

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced last week that it plans to adjust management protocols for the Colorado River in early 2022 to reduce monthly releases from Lake Powell in an effort to keep the reservoir from dropping farther below 2021′s historic lows. ...

National monument proposed for Nevada site sacred to tribes

Jan. 14, 2022 16:03 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada congresswoman and several elected and tribal officials announced support Friday for national monument designation over a broad area south of Las Vegas they say is biologically diverse and rich with Native American cultural significance. The site would be...

Ducey's desalination plant not likely to be a quick reality

Jan. 12, 2022 19:53 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey's announcement this week that he would work with the Legislature to provide $1 billion to “secure Arizona’s water future for the next 100 years” focused entirely on a new desalination plant in Mexico. But a funding plan for the plant...

Arizona history-Jan. 16-22

Jan. 12, 2022 13:11 PM EST

Sunday, Jan. 16 On this date in 1900, the Gila Valley Bank, predecessor of the Valley National Bank, opened its doors in Solomonville. On this date in 1922, Isaac Polhamus, veteran steamboat captain on the Colorado River, rancher and Yuma resident for 66 years, died. ...

Phoenix among those voluntarily losing Colorado River water

Jan. 07, 2022 19:22 PM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The city of Phoenix this week outlined how it will voluntarily contribute water to a regional plan to shore up the country's largest reservoir that delivers Colorado River water to three states and Mexico. The river cannot provide seven Western states the...

Sod used for bowl game donated for Fort Mohave youth field

Jan. 02, 2022 12:38 PM EST

FORT MOHAVE, Ariz. (AP) — The Guaranteed Rate Bowl ended with Minnesota winning the college football bowl game against West Virginia, 18-6, but a Colorado River community in western Arizona also emerged with a win. Long before the game was played Tuesday night, bowl officials...

Water worries in West force sports teams to get creative

Dec. 25, 2021 03:04 AM EST

DENVER (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks ripped out the grass at Chase Field ahead of the 2019 season, replacing it with synthetic grass. It was a business decision, but it also ended up being a water-conservation measure. The Phoenix-based major league baseball team thought it...

States volunteer to take more cuts in Colorado River water

Dec. 15, 2021 17:50 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Water leaders in Arizona, Nevada and California signed an agreement Wednesday to voluntarily reduce their take from the Colorado River to help stave off mandatory cuts in the upcoming years. The signing took place at the Colorado River Water Users Association...