Sign in with Facebook
  • Facebook Page: 128172154133
  • Twitter: EarthProtect1

Posted by on in Water Conservation
  • Font size: Larger Smaller
  • Hits: 213
  • 1 Comment

DROUGHT CONTINGENCY PLAN Congress OKs Colorado River agreement

 

Shared from the 4/9/2019 The Denver Post eEdition

DROUGHT CONTINGENCY PLAN

Congress OKs Colorado River agreement

By The Associated Press

PHOENIX» A plan to address a shrinking supply of water on a river that serves 40 million people in the U.S. West is headed to President Donald Trump.

The U.S. House and Senate approved the Colorado River drought contingency plan on Monday.

Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming spent years negotiating the drought plan. They aim to keep two key reservoirs from falling so low they cannot deliver water or produce hydropower.

Mexico has promised to store water in Lake Mead on the Arizona-Nevada border if the U.S. legislation is approved by April 22.

State water managers and federal officials have cited a prolonged drought, climate change and increasing demand for the river’s flows as reasons to cut back on water usage.

The agreement runs through 2026.

In the lower basin, Arizona and Nevada would keep water in Lake Mead when it falls to certain levels. The cuts eventually would loop in California if Lake Mead’s level drops far enough.

The measure approved Monday reflects language proposed by the states but also includes a section that says the implementation of the drought plan won’t be exempt from federal environmental lawsThe Imperial Irrigation District in California, which holds the largest entitlement to Colorado River water, and environmental groups had raised concern about draft language they took to mean federal laws like the National Environmental Policy Act and the Endangered Species Act would be disregarded.

See this article in the e-Edition Here

Comments

  • GreenDog
    GreenDog Thursday, 11 April 2019

    A great example of collaboration and determination to find a way forward on a critical issue of water use, we can learn from this and replicate. Congrats to all involved.

    :)

  • Please login first in order for you to submit comments

81595f2dd9db45846609c618f993af1c

© Earth Protect