Latest Colorado River News

California releases its own plan for Colorado River cuts

Jan. 31, 2023 22:41 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California released a plan Tuesday detailing how Western states reliant on the Colorado River should save more water. It came a day after the six other states in the river basin made a competing proposal. In a letter to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation,...

California is lone holdout in Colorado River cuts proposal

Jan. 30, 2023 22:50 PM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Six Western states that rely on water from the Colorado River have agreed on a model to dramatically cut water use in the basin, months after the federal government called for action and an initial deadline passed. California — with the largest allocation...

AP Exclusive: Emails reveal tensions in Colorado River talks

Jan. 29, 2023 17:59 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Competing priorities, outsized demands and the federal government's retreat from a threatened deadline stymied a deal last summer on how to drastically reduce water use from the parched Colorado River, emails obtained by The Associated Press show. The...

Body recovered from Arizona side of Colorado River now ID'd

Jan. 19, 2023 13:31 PM EST

BULLHEAD CITY, Ariz. (AP) — The body of a woman recovered from the Arizona side of the Colorado River has been identified, Bullhead City police said Thursday. Police said the body of 54-year-old Deana Harris of Fort Mohave was found Tuesday morning floating in the lagoon at the...

Biden signs water bills benefiting 3 tribes in Arizona

Jan. 06, 2023 10:58 AM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A Native American tribe that has one of the largest and most secure rights to Colorado River water now has approval to lease some of it in Arizona, a state that’s been hardest hit by cuts to its water supply and is on a perpetual search for more. President...

Water bills for tribes in Arizona to head to President Biden

Dec. 23, 2022 10:34 AM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Three bills that would improve access to water for some tribes in Arizona amid an unrelenting drought are now poised for President Joe Biden's desk. The U.S. House approved the legislation on Thursday, just a few days after the U.S. Senate did. ...

US Senate advances water bills for tribes in Arizona

Dec. 20, 2022 14:22 PM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The U.S. Senate has advanced three bills that would improve access to water for some tribes in Arizona amid an unrelenting drought. One measure approved Monday would give the Colorado River Indian Tribes in northwestern Arizona the ability to lease water...

Conferees told Colorado River action 'absolutely critical'

Dec. 16, 2022 20:49 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The first weeks of 2023 will be crucial for Southwest U.S. states and water entities to agree how to use less water from the drought-stricken and fast-shrinking Colorado River, a top federal water manager said Friday. “The coming three months are absolutely...

More questions than answers at Colorado River water meetings

Dec. 15, 2022 20:47 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Key questions resurfaced Thursday at a conference of Colorado River water administrators and users from seven U.S. states, Native American tribes and Mexico who are served by the shrinking river stricken by drought and climate change. Who will bear the brunt of...

Colorado River water users convening amid crisis concerns

Dec. 13, 2022 06:22 AM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Living with less water in the U.S. Southwest is the focus this week for state and federal water administrators, tribal officials, farmers, academics and business representatives meeting about the drought-stricken and overpromised Colorado River. The Colorado River...