Revving up the legal gears could pose a setback for Denver Water, which has spent years securing the necessary permits.
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.
The fish has a reputation for being fun to catch, but they're causing a lot of trouble for the Pastorius Reservoir.
The long-waited announcement comes as the river's two largest reservoirs, Lake Mead and Lake Powell, have been drained to alarmingly low levels.
Drought has severely affected reservoir levels in Colorado and water supply is well below normal in almost all of the state’s major basins.
“If storage in Lake Powell cannot rebound in an era where the Upper Basin consumes less than two-thirds of its legal apportionment, then the crisis is already real.”
The chances of a shortfall in Lake Mead, the Colorado River’s biggest reservoir, are now 57 percent, up from the 52 percent projected in May.
Grand Junction has implemented mandatory outdoor water restrictions. Prior restrictions were voluntary.
A vital reservoir on the Colorado River will be able to meet the demands of Mexico and the U.S. Southwest for the next 13 months.
Snow packs, reservoirs and aquifers around the state are running dry.