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Flaming Gorge falls as drought felt higher up Colorado River

Sep. 16, 2022 10:08 AM EDT

FLAMING GORGE RESERVOIR, Wyo. (AP) — Tony Valdez wasn't worried about being left high and dry when he bought Buckboard Marina three years ago, but that's changed with the receding waters of Flaming Gorge Reservoir. This year, he has already dredged 10 feet (3 meters) so boats could...

Desert farms in Utah flourish with water from Colorado River

Sep. 16, 2022 10:01 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (AP) — The second driest state in the country, Utah, doesn’t contribute much water to the Colorado River as it flows from Rocky Mountain headwaters through Canyonlands National Park to Lake Powell. Utah has a unique position in the middle of the river basin,...

State of unease: Colorado basin tribes without water rights

Sep. 15, 2022 19:37 PM EDT

PEACH SPRINGS, Ariz. (AP) — Garnett Querta slips on his work gloves as he shifts the big rig he’s driving into park. Within seconds, he unrolls a fire hose and opens a hydrant, sending water flowing into one of the plastic tanks on the truck’s flat bed. His timer is set for 5...

Nevada looks to conservation as the Colorado River dwindles

Sep. 15, 2022 11:27 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Only a few miles from the Las Vegas Strip, in the Mojave Desert, is an unlikely scene: A county park with walking trails and thick vegetation that circles a vibrant rush of flowing water. Known as the Las Vegas Wash, the water running through this channel is a...

State of unease: Colorado basin tribes without water rights

Sep. 15, 2022 10:55 AM EDT

Garnett Querta slips on his work gloves as he shifts the big rig he’s driving into park. Within seconds, he unrolls a fire hose and opens a hydrant, sending water flowing into one of the plastic tanks on the truck’s flat bed. His timer is set for 5 minutes, 20 seconds — when...

Increasing pressures on Colorado River water in New Mexico

Sep. 14, 2022 11:33 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Colorado River tributaries in New Mexico bring water to the alfalfa fields in the Four Corners and the forested hills of the Gila wilderness in the southwestern part of the state. But Colorado River and reservoir management was designed during a much wetter...

Farming, water and Wall Street on Colorado’s Western Slope

Sep. 14, 2022 10:02 AM EDT

LOMA, Colo. (AP) — Under the blazing afternoon sun, Joe Bernal navigates a shiny-green John Deere tractor onto a dirt road a few miles north of downtown Fruita. Bernal is headed to cut hay in a field a few hundred feet down the road. On his way, he points out the land his family has acquired over...

EPA inspector general probes Mississippi capital water woes

Sep. 13, 2022 17:22 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — An independent watchdog in the Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday it's being brought in to investigate the troubled water system in Mississippi's capital city. Emergency repairs are underway after problems at Jackson's main water treatment plant...

$22M lagoon would bring clearer water to MS Gulf Coast

Sep. 13, 2022 17:14 PM EDT

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — A real estate development company is proposing a way to bring clearer water and more hurricane protection to Mississippi's Gulf Coast. At a meeting of the Harrison County Board of Supervisors on Monday, Kenneth Jones, owner of Gulf Coast Development &...

100 years after compact, Colorado River nearing crisis point

Sep. 12, 2022 16:35 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The intensifying crisis facing the Colorado River amounts to what is fundamentally a math problem. The 40 million people who depend on the river to fill up a glass of water at the dinner table or wash their clothes or grow food across millions of acres use...