Associated Press | John Locher

Water officials in Arizona say they are prepared to lose about one-fifth of the water the state gets from the Colorado River in what could be the first federally declared shortage in the river that supplies millions of people in the U.S. West and Mexico.

National Park Service, Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Newly released numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation project a high chance of shortages on the Colorado River within the next two years. KNAU’s Melissa Sevigny reports.

AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan

As several states in the American West face intense drought, water managers say it's shaping up to be a very difficult year for New Mexico farmers because of limited irrigation supplies. 



Nearly a third of the people on the Navajo Nation lack running water – it’s a reality that’s complicated daily life during the COVID-19 pandemic. Tribal members, many of them women, have taken it upon themselves to expand access to drinking water, sanitation and hygiene. Now, a new microgrant program seeks to support those grassroots efforts. The Water Is Life Fund is a partnership between the Kohler plumbing company and the nonprofit Dig Deep’s Navajo Water Project and will distribute grants ranging from $5,000 to $20,000 to local projects. Katie Janss is the research manager for the Navajo Water Project and spoke with KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius.

U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

A recent report from Colorado River experts says it’s time for radical new management strategies to safeguard the Southwest’s water supplies. It’s meant to inform discussions on how to renegotiate certain parts of the Law of the River that will expire in 2026. KNAU’s Melissa Sevigny spoke about the report with Jack Schmidt, director of the Center for Colorado River Studies at Utah State University.