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In The News — Below are press stories about the ongoing drought in the west; press stories also cover the Southern Nevada Water Authority's "water grab" in Nevada and Utah; and other "mega" water projects that threaten the Great Basin.
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Las Vegas Review-Journal The forecasted flow for the Colorado River, seen near Willow Beach, Arizona, this coming year is bleak, as rain and snowfall in areas that feed the river have fallen below average. January 17, 2017 — Colorado Riverís forecast bleak — The first forecast for the Colorado River is in, and the outlook for the coming year is bleak. The National Weather Serviceís Colorado Basin River Forecast Center predicts the river will flow at about 54 percent of its average volume during the key runoff period from April to July. Thatís when the river usually swells with snowmelt from the Rockies and other ranges, but precipitation so far this winter has been well below normal across the region. The Salt Lake City-based forecast center released a report Jan. 3 showing December snow totals as low as 20 percent of average in some areas. Thereís still plenty of time for conditions to improve. The river basin tends to accumulate much of its snowpack in January, February and March — bouldercityreview.com

Lake Powell, seen in this aerial shot taken January 27, 2017, is a reservoir on the Colorado River, straddling the border between Utah and Arizona.Daniel Slim/AFP/Getty Images January 16, 2018 — Plans for Utah Pipeline to Tap Colorado River Hit a Snag — A proposed pipeline would funnel Lake Powell water 140 miles to a growing region of Utah, but opponents question if imported water for the beleaguered Colorado is the best way to meet demand. A CONTROVERSIAL PIPELINE project that would pump Colorado River water to a rapidly growing corner of Utah passed a regulatory goal and also hit a regulatory snag on the same day, prompting the state to ask the federal government to delay further decisions until the snafu is worked out — newsdeeply.com

January 15, 2017 — Snowpack Near Record Lows Spells Trouble for Western Water Supplies — Months of exceptionally warm weather and an early winter snow drought across big swaths of the West have left the snowpack at record-low levels in parts of the Central and Southern Rockies, raising concerns about water shortages and economic damage. Drought spread across large parts of the Western United States this month, and storms that moved across the region in early January made up only a small part of the deficit. Runoff from melting snow is now projected to be less than 50 percent of average in key river basins in the central and southern Rockies — insideclimatenews.org

January 09, 2018 — Not much snow is falling in the West. What a grim snowpack means for Nevada's water supply — A year after record winter storms boosted water supplies in Northern Nevada and the Colorado River, which provides Las Vegas with most of its water, officials are watching the weather take a sharp turn in the opposite direction. Snowpack in critical basins for Nevada is far lower than the historical norms, with few storms on the horizon. Nevada water experts cautioned that it was still too early in the season to draw conclusions but acknowledged that it would be hard to climb out of the early-season deficit. So the obvious question is: What does it mean for water supply? — thenevadaindependent.com

A light dusting of snow sits atop the mountains behind a red barn along Highway 285 south of Jefferson on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. January 06, 2018 — Colorado snowpack worst in more than 30 years in some areas leaving water suppliers on high alert — Colorado mountain snowpack shrunk to record-low levels this week, raising concerns about water supply, and some federal authorities calculated even big late snow – if it falls ó may not make up for the lag. Survey crews have measured snow depths in southwestern Colorado at 22 percent of normal, the upper Colorado River Basin at 65 percent of normal and the Arkansas River Basin at 49 percent of normal. National Weather Service meteorologists forecast limited snow through mid-January, though they also see a possibility that ocean-driven atmospheric patterns will shift by March and bring snow — denverpost.com

(Paul Fraughton | Tribune file photo) Glen Canyon Dam, with Lake Powell stretching behind it. Utah officials are seeking a delay in federal review of the proposed Lake Powell Pipeline, while they ask the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to clarify the extent of its jurisdiction over the water project January 06, 2018 — Utah reluctantly asks feds to push pause on the stateís Lake Powell Pipeline — In a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, state officials ask that the massive water project be put on hold until feds clear up who has jurisdiction to approve it — www.sltrib.com

January 06, 2018 — Dry winter forecast appears more likely — truckeeriver.org

January 04, 2018 — Water treatment plant aims to keep chemical out of the Lake Mead — Las Vegas Review Journal

January 03,2018 — Dry start to winter prompts ugly forecast for Colorado River — The first forecast for the Colorado River is in, and the outlook for the coming year is bleak. The National Weather Serviceís Colorado Basin River Forecast Center predicts the river will flow at about 54 percent of its average volume during the key runoff period from April to July. Thatís when the river usually swells with snowmelt from the Rockies and other ranges, but precipitation so far this winter has been well below normal across the region — Las Vegas Review Journalk [Print PDF]



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