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Hydropower worries grow as Colorado River reservoirs continue to dry up

Water to drink also is water for power production, and planners are worried as the current megadrought in the Colorado River Basin strains the operation of Lake Powell’s Glen Canyon Dam.


Colorado River Basin reservoirs begin emergency releases to prop up a troubled Lake Powell

Emergency water releases from reservoirs upstream of Lake Powell began Thursday to preserve its ability to generate hydroelectric power.


Drier springs produce hotter summers in the withering Southwest, study says

Warmer air holds more moisture, but over the past decades in the U.S. Southwest, humidity has decreased as temperatures have risen, which robs soil of its moisture. A new study by UCLA researchers paints a grim picture for the future.


‘You feel like you can’t get a break’: The Colorado River struggles to water the West after two decades of drought

After another dry year, the waterway that supplies 40 million people is parched as climate change upends the water cycle in the Southwest. Scientists say the only way forward is to rein in demands on the 1,450-mile long Colorado River’s water to match its decline.


Traffic stop: Commuting times, costs fell sharply during pandemic year

WASHINGTON - The COVID-19 pandemic led to sharp drops in commuting last year, with cities in Arizona and across the U.S. seeing drops of 50% or more in the number of hours and dollars they wasted, and the gallons of gas burned, while stuck in traffic, a new report shows.


‘You’re it!’ Local parkour athlete plays, commentates competitive tag

PHOENIX - World Chase Tag is a competitive ruleset for tag that has increased rapidly in popularity in the U.S. A Phoenix-based parkour athlete, Fernando Arce, is the captain of Team Ollo and will provide color commentary at August’s tournament.


Another dry year on the Colorado could force states and feds back to negotiating table

The Drought Contingency Plan signed in 2019 was meant to provide a roadmap to negotiating the persistent drought, but water managers may need to rethink things – perhaps as early as next year.


Western states looking closely at water supplies, including some duck ponds in Colorado

Water supplies are so tight in the West that many states keep close watch over every creek, river, ditch and reservoir. A complex web of laws and rules makes sure water is put to use. To prevent any waste, Colorado has started cracking down on what may seem like a drop in the proverbial bucket.


Tucson halts operations at water plant threatened by toxic chemical

WASHINGTON - Tucson officials said they will indefinitely suspend operations at one of the city's water treatment plants to keep it from being overwhelmed by an underground toxic chemical plume.


Declining Lake Powell levels prompt Colorado River states to form new plan

Declining levels at the second-largest reservoir in the U.S. have spurred officials in Colorado, Utah, Wyoming and New Mexico to search for ways to prop it up.


5 transgender military veterans discuss abuses, how political changes can alter lives

PHOENIX – Transgender military veterans have faced a constant shift in policy, depending on which party is in power. Five of them talk to Cronkite News about their experiences.


Water speculation is ‘all the problems’ in one, Colorado group warns

Last year, Colorado lawmakers pointed a finger at what they consider a growing threat: speculative investments in water rights. Since then, a state work group has been examining the issue, and the process raises questions about how the West divvies up water.