A new agreement calls for Western states to leave their drinking water in the reservoir — and act as if they didn't.
Despite emergency releases from upper basin reservoirs to prop up Lake Powell, levels are still projected to dip below a critical threshold.
The drought pool would be filled voluntarily, largely by farmers and ranchers, who would be paid to temporarily dry up their fields.
As drought threatens Colorado River reservoirs' ability to generate hydropower, the Bureau of Reclamation is creating work-arounds.
Millions of dollars are being lost as Lake Powell’s drought-strapped hydropower system fails to produce enough electricity.
The releases from Flaming Gorge, Blue Mesa and Navajo reservoirs are designed to bolster hydropower production at the ailing Lake Powell.
In an effort to prop up water levels at Lake Powell, water managers are negatively impacting recreation on Colorado’s biggest man-made lake.
A federal agency aims to offset rising costs linked to Lake Powell’s inability to produce as much hydropower due to drought.
Water levels could fall so low this winter that the city of Aspemay struggle to generate power, and water owners could see shortages.
The Yampa Valley’s existing coal-fired plants have strong water portfolios that could be used to create green hydrogen or another storage technology called molten salt.