Family Farm Alliance: Reclamation projects Colorado River drought operations for the next 5 years
Modeling results for the Colorado River Basin operations released today by the Bureau of Reclamation indicate continued drought and an increased chance of potential water shortages by 2025. The Colorado River Basin is in its 21st year of an extended drought. As reservoir levels decline, Lake Powell and Lake Mead operations are potentially impacted. The Colorado River Simulation System modeling results, released at least three times per year, provide water managers with information needed to plan accordingly for the future.
“Reclamation’s technical experts provide leading-edge scientific modeling which helps Colorado River water managers make their operational decisions,” said Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman. “That science helps us protect the water resources in the Basin, ensuring sustainable, reliable water and hydropower for the 40 million people who depend on this river.”
The extended drought increases the importance of ongoing drought contingency actions and operational adjustments that Reclamation and partner entities have taken on the river. Reclamation believes these actions successfully demonstrate that voluntary, compensated water conservation projects can conserve water for the Colorado River system storage and help mitigate the impacts of drought.
CLICK HERE for Reclamation’s news release, which includes a link to the modeling results.
The Family Farm Alliance last December released a two-volume report that features interviews with Upper Colorado River Basin and Lower Colorado River Basin water users. Water demand management was a key topic of concern expressed by several of those interviewed.
The Family Farm Alliance is a grassroots organization of family farmers, ranchers, irrigation districts, and allied industries in 16 Western states. The organization is focused on one mission: To ensure the availability of reliable, affordable irrigation water supplies to Western farmers and ranchers.