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Hydropower’s future clouded by drought, floods & climate change – it’s also essential to U.S. electric grid

The water in Lake Powell has fallen so low amid the Western drought that federal officials are resorting to emergency measures to avoid shutting down hydroelectric power at the Glen Canyon Dam - and it isn’t the only U.S. hydropower plant in trouble.... Read more»

Harris tours Lake Mead, touts Biden agenda on infrastructure, climate change

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»

40 million people rely on the Colorado River. It’s drying up fast.

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»

Analysis

As Colorado River Basin states confront water shortages, it’s time to focus on reducing demand

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»

Arizona readies for cuts in Colorado River water allocation

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»

Rumble in the desert: Arizona experiences hundreds of earth quakes every year

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

Cost of drought: Less water from Lake Mead in 2020, higher rates

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»

Killing the Colorado

Drought be dammed: Unplugging the Colorado River

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»

Killing the Colorado

Trickle-down drought: Arizona dodges connection between ground & surface water

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

McCain: Reopening hatchery near Hoover Dam a boon to Mohave County

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»

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‘Marvel’ of a bridge restores route between Phoenix, Las Vegas

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»

Kingman hopes Hoover Dam bypass opens economic floodgate

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»

Isolated shops near Nevada hot spots for Az Lottery sales

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»