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.
Drought has severely affected reservoir levels in Colorado and water supply is well below normal in almost all of the state’s major basins.
Some companies are even posting record revenue numbers. They attribute the good fortune to water-saving programs and experience.
“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.”
About 30 percent of the Little Book Cliffs herd will be trapped by the BLM to minimize overgrazing.
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.