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.
About 90 percent of the Colorado River's water comes from snowmelt in the Upper Colorado River Basin, a large swath of Colorado, Utah and Wyoming.
One of the worst recorded droughts in human history has stretched water supplies thin across the far-reaching Colorado River basin, which serves 40 million people.