Parched US Southwest gets reprieve as snowmelt fills rivers

U.S. 06/12/19, 23:57

A welcome surge of melting snow is pouring out of the Rocky Mountains and into the drought-stricken rivers of the southwestern United States, fending off a water shortage but threatening to push rivers over their banks. Last winter brought above-average snowfall to much of Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming, so an abundance ...

Late spring Rockies snow cancels flights, downs limbs

Baseball 05/21/19, 11:26

A late spring storm has dumped heavy, wet snow in Colorado and Wyoming, cancelling flights and snapping newly greened up tree limbs.The check in lines were long at Denver International Airport Tuesday morning with travelers from earlier canceled flights hoping to fly out.In western Colorado, a rock slide has closed ...

Hoover Dam ceremony marks Colorado River drought plan

U.S. 05/21/19, 02:13

Federal, state and tribal water managers are marking completion of a long-negotiated plan for 40 million people and vast irrigated farms to share crucial Colorado River water despite ongoing drought in the arid U.S. Southwest. Interior Department official Tim Petty, Bureau of Reclamation chief Brenda Burman and representatives from seven states ...

US Congress approves Colorado River drought plan

U.S. 04/08/19, 19:37

A plan to address a shrinking supply of water on a river that serves 40 million people in the U.S. West is headed to President Donald Trump. The U.S. House and Senate approved the Colorado River drought contingency plan on Monday. Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming spent years ...

Update: Irrigation district opposes draft drought bill

Enviroment 03/27/19, 17:06

The Latest on a Colorado River drought plan (all times local):3 p.m.A California irrigation district that has the largest entitlement to Colorado River water says it doesn't support proposed federal legislation to implement a multi-state drought plan.FILE - In this July 16, 2014 file photo, what was once a marina ...

Arizona Sen. McSally promises swift action on drought plan

U.S. 03/27/19, 16:23

U.S. Sen. Martha McSally vowed Wednesday to take quick action on a plan to preserve a drought-stricken Colorado River, which serves about 40 million people in the U.S. West and Mexico.Seven states are looking to Congress to pass legislation to implement drought contingency plans that would mean voluntary cuts to ...

7 states seek US support for Colorado River drought plan

U.S. 03/19/19, 15:43

Seven states that rely on a major river in the U.S. West are pushing for federal legislation to implement a plan to protect the water amid a prolonged drought, signaling they see the finish line in what has been years of negotiation.The Colorado River serves 40 million people in Arizona, ...

Update: California water agency to store extra water

U.S. 03/12/19, 15:28

The Latest on a drought plan for the Colorado River (all times local):1:25 p.m.A major Southern California water agency has agreed to store extra water in a key reservoir in an effort to preserve a multistate drought plan for the Colorado River.FILE - This March 23, 2012, file photo shows ...

California water agencies fight over multistate drought plan

U.S. 03/12/19, 01:09

A major Southern California water agency is trying to push the state through a final hurdle in joining a larger plan to preserve a key river in the U.S. West that serves 40 million people.Most of the seven states that get water from the Colorado River have signed off on ...

Plan to protect Colorado River still isn’t done. Now what?

U.S. 03/04/19, 18:29

Another federal deadline passed Monday for seven states in the U.S. West to wrap up work on a plan to ensure the drought-stricken Colorado River can deliver water to the 40 million people and farms that depend on it.The states — Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming ...

California district stalls West drought plan over lake money

U.S. 02/26/19, 00:52

Work on a multistate plan to preserve a river that serves 40 million people in the U.S. West won't meet a federal deadline.The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation gave seven Western states until Monday to complete a drought plan or it will step in to find a solution for the declining ...

Officials: Arizona will miss US deadline for key water plan

Science 02/19/19, 17:31

Arizona won't have all the pieces of a Colorado River drought plan finished by the federal government's deadline to finalize protections for water used by millions across the U.S. West, state water officials said Tuesday.It's the latest hurdle threatening the plan between seven states to take less water from the ...

US says 2 states must finish Colorado River drought plan

U.S. 02/01/19, 19:24

Two states in the U.S. West have work to do on a plan to combat the shrinking supply of Colorado River water that 40 million people depend on but that's threatened by a prolonged drought, a federal official said Friday.Complex agreements among water users in California and Arizona haven't been ...

6 states backed Colorado River plan; Arizona faces deadline

Science 01/28/19, 15:06

Arizona is facing a deadline to become the last of several states in the U.S. West to approve a plan ensuring shared water from the Colorado River doesn't dry up for millions of farmers, cities, tribes and developers that depend on it.The other six states have agreed to plans that ...

Grand Canyon celebrates 100 years as a national park in 2019

U.S. 12/31/18, 15:20

The first European American who reached the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon marveled at what was before him: an astounding system of canyons, profound fissures and slender spires that seemingly tottered from their bases.The scenery wasn't enough to convince Lt. Joseph Christmas Ives that anyone would visit after his ...

Update: US sets Jan. 31 deadline for Colorado River plan

U.S. 12/13/18, 15:45

The Latest on efforts for seven Southwestern states to reach agreement on Colorado River drought contingency plans (all times local):12:40 p.m.Federal water managers are setting a Jan. 31 deadline for the seven Southwestern states that depend on the Colorado River to finalize unprecedented voluntary drought contingency plans they expect to ...

Southwestern US states close to sealing drought deal

U.S. 12/13/18, 10:45

Water managers from seven Southwestern states that depend on the Colorado River for drinking and irrigation water are getting closer to finalizing an unprecedented drought contingency plan they may have to enact in 2020, officials said Thursday.The federal government's top water official, Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman, was expected ...

US states to meet at deadline on Colorado River drought plan

U.S. 12/09/18, 10:51

With drought entering a second decade and reservoirs continuing to shrink, seven Southwestern U.S. states that depend on the overtaxed Colorado River for crop irrigation and drinking water had been expected to ink a crucial share-the-pain contingency plan by the end of 2018. They're not going to make it — at ...

Update: Boating banned amid flooding in Central Texas

U.S. 10/16/18, 07:40

The Latest on flooding in Texas (all times local):3 p.m.Fire officials in Austin have temporarily banned all boating along the city's waterways as heavy rain and flooding create dangerous conditions.Authorities said in a statement Tuesday that the ban will last until Thursday, which is when rainfall in the region is ...

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