Latest Colorado River News

US agencies sued over fate of rare Rio Grande minnow

Nov. 30, 2022 18:40 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Environmentalists on Wednesday accused the U.S. government of not doing enough to ensure the survival of the Rio Grande silvery minnow as drought tightens its grip on one of the longest rivers in the West. In a lawsuit filed in federal court, the group...

Biden: Nevada site sacred to tribes to be national monument

Nov. 30, 2022 17:28 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — President Joe Biden told a gathering of tribal leaders in Washington on Wednesday that he intends to designate an area considered sacred by area Native Americans in southern Nevada as a new national monument. “When it comes to Spirit Mountain and the surrounding...

Drying California lake to get $250M in US drought funding

Nov. 28, 2022 22:41 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The federal government said Monday it will spend $250 million over four years on environmental cleanup and restoration work around a drying Southern California lake that's fed by the depleted Colorado River. The future of the Salton Sea, and who is...

Western US cities to remove decorative grass amid drought

Nov. 17, 2022 21:53 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A group of 30 agencies that supply water to homes and businesses throughout the western United States has pledged to rip up lots of decorative grass to help keep water in the over-tapped Colorado River. The agreement signed Tuesday by water agencies in...

Ex-Reclamation commissioner to head Arizona water entity

Nov. 04, 2022 20:18 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Former U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman will be the next general manager of the Arizona entity that distributes much of the state's water from the Colorado River to major metropolitan areas. Burman will lead the Central Arizona Project at a time...

High court to hear water dispute between Navajo, government

Nov. 04, 2022 15:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says it will hear a water dispute involving the U.S. government and the Navajo Nation. The high court said Friday it would review a lower court ruling in favor of the Navajo Nation, which spans parts of Arizona, Utah and New Mexico. The...

New US plan could lead to federal action on Colorado River

Oct. 28, 2022 19:00 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The Interior Department announced Friday that it will consider revising a set of guidelines for operating two major dams on the Colorado River in the first sign of what could lead to federal action to protect the once-massive but shrinking reservoirs behind them. ...

Divers find bone believed to be human at receding Lake Mead

Oct. 27, 2022 17:20 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Divers have found more human remains at drought-stricken Lake Mead near Las Vegas, authorities said Thursday. A National Park Service dive team confirmed Oct. 18 that a bone found a day earlier at Callville Bay was part of “human skeletal remains” on the...

Arizona's Sen Kelly slams California on Colorado River use

Oct. 26, 2022 19:06 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — California communities exposed to hazardous dust by a drying lake bed have found themselves at the center of tensions between Arizona and California over how to conserve water along the overtaxed Colorado River. U.S. Sen. Mark Kelly, an Arizona Democrat facing...

Experts: Lake Mead brain-eating amoeba death among few in US

Oct. 21, 2022 19:03 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The death of a Las Vegas-area teenager from a rare brain-eating amoeba that investigators think he was exposed to in warm waters at Lake Mead should prompt caution, not panic, among people at freshwater lakes, rivers and springs, experts said Friday. “It gets...