September 26, 2023

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Wet year promises to boost Colorado River reservoirs, ecosystems

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The network of pipes and massive bathtubs that is the Colorado River Basin’s reservoir storage system is going to see some recovery this year thanks to higher-than-average snowpack. That’s a promising sign for aquatic habitats in need of a health boost.

Overuse and a 23-year drought have drawn down the water stored in reservoirs across the basin, which spans seven states, 30 Native American tribes and part of Mexico. Recently, one of the basin’s largest reservoirs, Lake Powell, even needed emergency releases from upstream reservoirs, including Blue Mesa Reservoir in western Colorado, to safeguard against a looming crisis. 

As most water officials and experts will emphasize, one good year of snow won’t solve the crisis. But this year, the system’s largest…

Shannon Mullane

2023-05-30 04:02:00

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