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Unprecedented Cut in Colorado River Flow Ordered, Due to Drought

September 2, 2013

Full Article at http://www.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/comment.html?entrynum=2495

By Dr. Jeff Masters

For the first time in history, the U.S. government has ordered that flow of Colorado River water from the 50-year-old Glen Canyon Dam be slashed, due to a water crisis brought about by the region’s historic 14-year drought. On Friday, the Federal Bureau of Reclamation–a division of the Department of Interior that manages water and electric power in the West–announced that it would cut water released from Lake Powell’s Glen Canyon Dam by 750,000 acre-feet in 2014.

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The flow reduction will leave the Colorado River 9% below the 8.23 million acre feet that is supposed to be supplied downstream to Lake Mead for use in California, Nevada, Arizona and Mexico under the Colorado River Compact of 1922 and later agreements. “This is the worst 14-year drought period in the last hundred years,” said Upper Colorado Regional Director Larry Walkoviak in a Bureau of Reclamation press release.

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Full Article at http://www.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/comment.html?entrynum=2495

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