Record low levels at Lake Mead and Lake Powell prompted the federal government to look at how it might impose cuts to keep hydropower generation going at the nation’s largest reservoirs.
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The November anniversary came as the Colorado River is facing its most-pressing crisis, with reservoirs declining to record lows.
Since Glen Canyon Dam was commissioned in 1964 and it first began filling, Lake Powell has never been like it is right now, at just 27% of its capacity.
The popular recreation hot spot on the Arizona-Utah border has dwindled over the past 21 years due to low river flows exacerbated by warming temperatures.
Shortage declarations and restrictions are likely to go into effect in the Southwest in the coming months.
Another record-breaking year of wildfires across the American West means more cities are bracing for impacts to their drinking water supplies. The “consistently clean, clear water” residents have enjoyed is changing.
People’s personal connections to water and where they live determine how they feel about taking action on water issues, the survey found.
Coal-fired power plants are closing, or being given firm deadlines for closure, across the country. In the Western states that make up the over-allocated...