Arizona was the only state that required legislation to join the agreement to protect the water that serves 40 million people in Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada and California.
The drought plan requires Arizona to find a way to reduce its use of Colorado River water by up to 700,000 acre-feet — more than twice Nevada's yearly allocation under the drought plan.
The other six states in the Colorado River basin have agreed to plans that recognize a long-running drought, the dwindling supply of water and how they intend to cope with it.
Women are more likely than men to be killed in natural disasters, and more likely to become refugees after drought and famine.
Colorado's hot summer days are spilling out of their regular timeframe. They are starting earlier (June) and staying later (September).
A deal was supposed to be signed by the end of 2018, under threat that the water levels on the river would push the federal government to impose its own restrictions.
As extreme drought encroached on Colorado and much of the Southwest this year, many eyes turned to the weekly U.S. Drought Monitor map.
Colorado River water supports about 40 million people and millions of acres of farmland in the U.S. and Mexico.
Iola has been deep underwater since the reservoir was built and filled in the 1960s. Drought has brought it back to the surface, for now.