Drought and demand threaten a critical component of the Western grid as Lake Powell approaches minimum power pool for the first time.
Lake Mead and Lake Powell could reach water levels low enough to halt hydropower production.
Water recycling, conservation programs and repair of leaky reservoirs and pipelines will help restore the Colorado River, according to federal officials.
Electricity produced at Glen Canyon Dam has been cut in half by the 20-year drought.
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.