Drought plan aims to curtail water loss at Lake Powell, Lake Mead

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Drought plan aims to curtail water loss at Lake Powell, Lake Mead

Avoiding serious shortages is the goal
Prolonged drought across the seven states in the Colorado River Basin has water managers making plans to limit future water shortages. A draft of the “Upper Colorado River Basin Drought Contingency Plan” was released Tuesday and discussed at the Southwest Basin Roundtable on Wednesday at the Durango Public Library.

Drought plan aims to curtail water loss at Lake Powell, Lake Mead

Prolonged drought across the seven states in the Colorado River Basin has water managers making plans to limit future water shortages. A draft of the “Upper Colorado River Basin Drought Contingency Plan” was released Tuesday and discussed at the Southwest Basin Roundtable on Wednesday at the Durango Public Library.

Drought plan aims to curtail water loss at Lake Powell, Lake Mead

Lake Powell is less than half full. If water levels continue to drop at Lake Powell and Lake Mead, it could have serious implications for how water rights are distributed in the Colorado River Basin.

Drought plan aims to curtail water loss at Lake Powell, Lake Mead

Members of the Southwest Basin Roundtable made clear to state water managers that communities along the Front Range, which relies on transmountain diversions from the Western Slope, should also implement water-saving measures.
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