Arizona Public Radio | Your Source for NPR News
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations
Science and Innovations

USBR Forecasts Improved Colorado River Conditions for 2019

U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation released its projections for water supply in the Colorado River Basin, which received a boost from recent snowstorms. KNAU’s Melissa Sevigny reports.

The agency forecasts water inflow into Lake Powell will be 92 percent of average for the 2019 water year. That may lessen the chance of a shortage declaration in the year 2020. But the agency cautions the drought is ongoing and the Colorado River Basin still faces significant risks.

The updated projection come at a time when Arizona and California are finalizing their ‘drought contingency plans,’ intended to reduce the risk of catastrophic shortage. 

Meanwhile, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has started its own planning process, threatening to step in if the states don’t finish in time. The agency asked the governors of the seven basin states to submit their suggestions on how to manage the Colorado River. That deadline is today.

Melissa joined KNAU's team in 2015 to report on science, health, and the environment. Her work has appeared nationally on NPR and been featured on Science Friday. She grew up in Tucson, Arizona, where she fell in love with the ecology and geology of the Sonoran desert.
Related Content