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.
It's not a guarantee, but El Niño-produced rainfall would relieve parched conditions in many parts of the drought-stricken Southwest.
A new study from the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder predicts more rainfall on fewer, concentrated days leading to more intense flooding.
Environmentalists are challenging a court ruling over whether water from the river is properly accounted for and being used in beneficial ways along the Middle Rio Grande Valley.
A United Nations report out this week said the world is due for "rapid and far-reaching" changes by 2030 because of global warming.
It's not over yet, too: The long-term effects of drought go on long after the dry weather ends, and the impact of the new USMCA is to be seen.
The long-waited announcement comes as the river's two largest reservoirs, Lake Mead and Lake Powell, have been drained to alarmingly low levels.
Arizona water managers have been leading a series of biweekly meetings since July to work out details of the proposed drought-contingency plan.
The Ryan Fire exploded over the weekend, growing from 3,000 acres on Friday to 19,000. The fire is burning mostly in Wyoming.
Record-breaking heat last week and over the weekend hasn't helped firefighters battling wildfires across the state.