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Projections made by the Bureau of Reclamation show Lake Mead and Lake Powell upstream could reach 'critically low reservoir elevations' sooner than originally projected. A first ever water shortage in the Colorado River was announced in August, federal officials said.

Vice President Kamala Harris took a short tour Monday of Lake Mead - which has reached historic low water levels thanks to relentless drought and rising temperatures - and used the opportunity to pitch the Biden administration’s infrastructure and climate plans. Read more»

Lake Mead, the nation’s largest freshwater reservoir, has been losing water because of epochal drought since 2000.

One of the country’s most important sources of fresh water is in peril, the latest victim of the accelerating climate crisis and a growing population that, even as the drought worsened over recent decades, ranked among the fastest-growing places in the country. Read more»

Soybeans show the effects of drought. As the West enters an era of water reallocation, most of the water will come from farmers, who consume more than 70% of the region’s water.

The U.S. government announced its first-ever water shortage declaration for the Colorado River on Aug. 16, 2021, with Arizona losing nearly a fifth of its total Colorado River allocation and triggering future cuts in the amount of water states will be allowed to draw from the river. Read more»

The Bureau of Reclamation is forecasting first-ever water shortages because of falling levels at Lake Mead and says the reservoir could drop so low that it might not be able to generate electricity at Hoover Dam.

Leaders from Reclamation, the Arizona Department of Water Resources and the Central Arizona Project, which delivers much of the state’s share of the river to more than half its residents, offered a glimpse Thursday of where Arizona stands with the shortage looming. Read more»

Arizona has hundreds of quakes and tremors each year, many of them near the Grand Canyon, but most are imperceptible to humans.

The Arizona Geological Survey notes hundreds of tiny temblors punctuated by some that can shake, if not rock, our world. Read more»

Hoover Dam’s penstock towers take in water from Lake Mead and use it to generate electricity. With less water, the dam generates less electricity, so officials replaced some of the dam’s turbines to increase efficiency.

Lake Mead's dropping levels mean Arizona could lose its water allotment for the Central Arizona Project, which could lead to higher rates, and even restrictions. Conservation may be key to keeping water in everyone’s taps across the state. Read more»

Water trickles out of the Glen Canyon Dam into Glen Canyon in a scene from 'Damnation,' a documentary film directed by Ben Knight and Travis Rommel.

The water crisis in the West has renewed debate about the effectiveness of major dams, with some pushing for the enormous Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River to be decommissioned Read more»

If water levels drop enough at Lake Mead, the federal government will declare a shortage and Nevada and Arizona will face dramatic cuts in supply.

Despite decades of accepted science, California and Arizona are still counting and regulate groundwater and surface water as if they were entirely separate. Damage from the West’s increasing reliance on underground supplies is proliferating, with groundwater levels in some places being drawn down so quickly that the earth above them is collapsing. Read more» 1

An agreement between the state and federal governments will have the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Arizona Game and Fish Department sharing the cost of reopening the Willow Beach National Fish Hatchery.

U.S. Sen. John McCain traveled to Bullhead City to see officials formalize an agreement to reopen the Willow Beach National Fish Hatchery along the Colorado River. He and others say making sure Lake Mohave is stocked with rainbow trout is critical to the area’s economy. Read more»

The Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge took five and a half years and $114 million to complete.

Towering 900 feet above the Colorado River, the Mike O'Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge makes the Hoover Dam, just a stone's throw away, look small. Read more»

A motel sign promotes Kingman’s Route 66 heritage.

The roughly six-mile bypass on U.S. Route 93 is touted as a way to improve safety and commuting time for 14,000 motorists daily, but government officials and Kingman businesses are anticipating an economic boost. Read more»

Sheila Larsen, who with her husband, Brad, operates Rosie’s at the Boulder Inn Cafe 35 miles south of Hoover Dam, tends to a lottery ticket machine. Rosie’s was the second-highest-grossing Arizona Lottery retailer in fiscal 2009, topped only by a convenience store in the Arizona Strip community of Littlefield. Operators credit both stores’ proximity to Nevada, which has no lottery.

The two highest-grossing Arizona Lottery outlets were isolated businesses close to Nevada, which has no lottery. When the Powerball jackpot spikes, people flood to Rosie's at the Boulder Inn Cafe over Hoover Dam, 35 miles to the north. Read more»