One good year of snowpack won't reduce long-term risks on the river.
Seven states have been working for years on drought contingency plans. Arizona and California have missed two deadlines.
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.
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.
Many states have historical markers and sites dedicated to Latino history but they usually center around the Spanish exploration era, colonial times and Old West settlement periods.
Arizona water managers have been leading a series of biweekly meetings since July to work out details of the proposed drought-contingency plan.
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.
In western Colorado, volunteers say they’re preparing to bring up to 5,000 gallons of water per day to a herd of 750 desperate horses.