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Colorado River forecasts not a ‘crystal ball’

Every month the Bureau of Reclamation attempts to peer two years into the future of the Colorado River and its reservoirs.

Reclamation’s 24-month study is a staple forecasting product for the federal agency that manages a chain of dams in the watershed, including those that control lakes Mead and Powell, the country’s largest reservoirs — and currently two of its most consequential. The reservoirs are a key source of drinking water for about 40 million people, plus they store water that irrigates millions of acres of farmland and generates electricity for the Southwest. The reservoirs are also alarmingly dehydrated right now — about one-third full, the lowest since they were first filled. The entire basin is on alert.

 

Read more from Brett Walton with Circle of Blue here.