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U.S. announces more water cuts as Colorado River hits dire lows

By Joshua Partlow and Others Photo: Justin Sullivan, Getty Images

As the historic drought in the U.S. Southwest pushes the nation’s largest reservoirs to record lows, the Biden administration Tuesday announced that water shortages along the Colorado River had passed a threshold for the first time that will require unprecedented water cuts in Arizona and Nevada.

08/16/22
                                                               

A Painful Deadline Nears as Colorado River Reservoirs Run Critically Low

By Henry Fountain Photo: Justin Sullivan, Getty Images

States in the Colorado River basin are scrambling to propose steep cuts in the water they’ll use from the river next year, in response to a call by the federal government for immediate, drastic efforts to keep the river’s main storage reservoirs from reaching critically low levels.

07/21/22
                                                               

A Painful Deadline Nears as Colorado River Reservoirs Run Critically Low

By Henry Fountain Photo: Justin Sullivan, Getty Images

States in the Colorado River basin are scrambling to propose steep cuts in the water they’ll use from the river next year, in response to a call by the federal government for immediate, drastic efforts to keep the river’s main storage reservoirs from reaching critically low levels.

07/21/22
                                                               

June 2022: U.S. dominated by remarkable heat, dryness

Photo: NOAA National Weather Service-Cleveland/Neil Fischer

June kicked off a very warm and dry start to meteorological summer for the U.S., according to experts from NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information.

07/11/22
                                                               

What aridification, the ‘great drying,’ means to California and the West

By James Rainey Photo: Ethan Swope

Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Thursday, June 30. I’m state enterprise reporter Jim Rainey, checking in from the San Gabriel Valley.

06/30/22
                                                               

The Vanishing Rio Grande: Warming Takes a Toll on a Legendary River

By Jim Robbins Photo: Ted Woods

Hiking through the emerald green canopy of the bosque, or riverside cottonwood forest, near downtown Albuquerque, Tricia Snyder, an advocate for WildEarth Guardians, believes zero hour has arrived for the Rio Grande. Though the river this day is high and a rich chocolatey-red color, water levels are historically low and dropping precipitously. Experts predict the Rio Grande will dry up completely all the way to Albuquerque this summer for the first time since the 1980s.

06/02/22
                                                               

California drought could cut state’s hydropower in half this summer

By Matt Egan

The severe drought in California threatens to significantly undermine the state’s ability to generate hydroelectric power, raising costs for families and driving up planet-warming emissions, according to a federal government forecast.

06/01/22
                                                               

Southwest “megadrought” leads to wildfires and new homicide evidence

By Andrew Freedman Data: NOAA; Chart: Erin Davis/Axios Visuals

It is only May, and the worsening, long-term drought in the Southwest is taxing water managers, firefighters and even homicide detectives in new ways.

05/12/22
                                                               

Is that an outlaw lawn? Las Vegas has a new approach to saving water

By Henry Fountain Photo: Joe Buglewicz

With drought and growth taking a toll on the Colorado River, the source of 90 percent of the region’s water, a new law mandates the removal of turf, patch by patch.

05/03/22