Latest Colorado River News

Deadline looms for drought-stricken states to cut water use

Aug. 15, 2022 00:28 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Banks along parts of the Colorado River where water once streamed are now just caked mud and rock as climate change makes the Western U.S. hotter and drier. More than two decades of drought have done little to deter the region from diverting more water than...

Remains found Saturday at Lake Mead may be from July 25 set

Aug. 09, 2022 17:08 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Human remains found at Lake Mead National Recreation Area last weekend may actually be from the same set of bones discovered 12 days earlier, authorities said Tuesday. National Park Service officials said rangers were called Saturday to the reservoir between Nevada...

More human remains discovered as drought dries Lake Mead

Aug. 07, 2022 12:41 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — More human remains have been found at drought-stricken Lake Mead National Recreation Area east of Las Vegas, authorities said Sunday. It’s the fourth time since May that remains have been uncovered as Western drought forces the shoreline to retreat at the...

Microplastics increasingly found in Colorado's snowpack

Aug. 06, 2022 12:11 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — As the focus on the electron microscope resolved, Richard Reynolds found himself feeling more resigned than surprised. The slide before him was a snowpack sample collected from pristine Colorado high country. The sample revealed, at intense magnification, the...

A race to save fish as Rio Grande dries, even in Albuquerque

Aug. 03, 2022 12:53 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — On a recent, scorching afternoon in Albuquerque, off-road vehicles cruised up and down a stretch of dry riverbed where normally the Rio Grande flows. The drivers weren't thrill-seekers, but biologists hoping to save as many endangered fish as they could before the sun...

House approves bill to help West fight wildfires, drought

Jul. 29, 2022 21:51 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House on Friday approved wide-ranging legislation aimed at helping communities in the West cope with increasingly severe wildfires and drought — fueled by climate change — that have caused billions of dollars of damage to homes and businesses in recent years. ...

US to fill border wall gaps at open area near Yuma, Arizona

Jul. 28, 2022 18:05 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Biden administration on Thursday authorized completion of the Trump-funded U.S.-Mexico border wall in an open area of southern Arizona near Yuma that has become one of the busiest corridors for illegal crossings. Biden had pledged during his campaign to cease...

Body near Lake Mead swimming site 3rd to surface since May

Jul. 26, 2022 16:02 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Another body has surfaced at Lake Mead — this time in a swimming area where water levels have dropped as the Colorado River reservoir behind Hoover Dam recedes because of drought and climate change. The National Park Service did not say in a statement how long...

Drought drives Las Vegas to cap size of home swimming pools

Jul. 21, 2022 18:51 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Limiting the size of new swimming pools in and around Las Vegas might save a drop in the proverbial bucket amid historic drought and climate change in the West. Officials are taking the plunge anyway, capping the size of new swimming pools at single-family...

Editorial Roundup: Mississippi

Jul. 21, 2022 03:00 AM EDT

Greenwood Commonwealth. July 16, 2022. Editorial: The West Has A Water Problem Mississippi has its share of problems. No surprise there. But given what’s going on in some Western states, we should at least get credit for one thing: We’re not running out of water....